Today, We’re talking with the alt-rock band Color ‘Til Monday’s bass player, Jeffrey Lee and guitarist Ramiro “Savage” Cazares Jr. They’ve compared to bands like Paramore and have influences from hard rock bands like The Foo Fighters, Blink 182 and Guns N’ Roses. Check out our interview with the guys below:
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest news with Color ‘Til Monday? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
We just got off a west coast tour and we are now writing music for our second album release. We are playing a show Oct. 26 and Oct. 31. We recently had a line up change in the band. We now have Jennie Campos singing for us. We love her! She’s legit on all fronts.- Jeffrey Lee
We just finished up a west coast tour in early August. We met some amazing people hit some awesome stages and even played a show where He Is Legend and Islander were playing a stage upstairs from us. I believe they came down and watched us and were impressed from what I over heard. We are actually prepping to get into the studio to record a new single with our new singer Jennie Campos. And possibly do a “live versions” of our songs as music videos. We have some shows coming up in October with our good friends The Brain Ghosts ~Savage
XS ROCK: How long has Color ‘Til Monday been together?
From what I remember, we started in the winter of 2015. So it’s creeping up on two years since we first started playing music together. ~Jeff
The band has been together since December of 2015. We had some line up changes since then (a new singer and our other guitarist was unable to continue with us) and we are hitting the scene as hard as we can. -Savage
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
Music is and will always be one of the things that inspire me the most. Being in a band with your best friends is also a blast! It also has so many healing qualities in my life. Plus, you get to make an inanimate object sing! It’s so badass haha ~Jeff
What motivated me to play music and be in a band was the music I would listen to growing up. I always wanted to play a huge stage and just be running around listening to the crowd sing and dance and just have fun. I would watch live videos of Guns N Roses and Motley Crue and tell myself I want to play like that in those types of venues. – Savage
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Oh this is a hard one! I love recording in the studio and I love killing it live. I’d say I love connecting with fans in a live environment the most though. Doing what you love and watching people smile back at you is one of the most fulfilling experiences EVER! ~Jeff
Playing shows is my bread and butter. As a recording engineer I love recording and the process that comes with it but it can get tedious. Hearing the crowd get into the songs and in some cases sing along cannot be beat. There is not a feeling that can surpass playing for a live audience. -Savage
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
HAHA! Ok, so this could get interesting. Hmmm…So many. So in Anaheim, there is some pretty interesting graffiti around the venue we were playing. We laughed when we crossed a section of graffiti that said “Poop Boyz”. This slogan, or whatever, was posted in more than one location. So the tour was officially called the Poop Boyz 2017 Tour. And the legend continues… ~Jeff
Well besides myself taking a shower in the middle of a park in Sacramento haha I would say the Poop Boyz graffiti that we found. It isn’t a crazy story but it is the one thing that we saw as soon as we arrived in Anaheim and stuck through the tour and to this day. But one embarrassing story is when we were playing in Portland we were setting up to play and 5 minutes to show time my pants ripped right at the crotch and I did not have time to change so thankfully the sound engineer had some pink tape. I taped it up and played haha. The show must always go on! -Savage
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
I faintly remember an old drunk guy at one of our shows where he was yelling “Play that last song again!!!” And awkwardly enough, we did. Strange…haha ~Jeff
On tour one of the guys from one of the bands asked me and some other people to let him stand on us while he sang. He is a fan of the music but it was amazing. That guy has the best stage presence I’ve seen. ~Savage
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
My parents did support my creative aspirations. I will always be thankful of that. ~Jeff
My parents were very supportive. They made sure I had a degree first and made sure I could take care of myself but they always support the music and the dream to be a musician.-Savage
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Well, my two favorite songs are Junk and Not All Who Wonder Are Lost. Both songs have such energizing and captivating hooks. ~Jeff
My favorite songs to play are Rise and Junk, which is a newer song. Rise usually begins our set and always gets the crowd jumping and getting into it. Junk is usually our closer. This song has hit so many people and is extremely catchy. We have had some people even remix the song because they loved it as much as we did. -Savage
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Yup. This question again. There are so many artists who inspired me to get on a stage and just let it all go. ~Jeff
If I were to dig down and really think about this it would be two bands and an artist in each band. Slash From GNR was the biggest influence (besides my brothers playing guitar) to me playing guitar. I would do whatever I could to learn the music and play like him. The other is Dave Grohl. The Foo Fighters were just as huge influence as GNR was. I have had some people tell me that I make music like Dave but have the style of Slash. They also influenced my guitar. I have pelham blue Les Paul. ~ Savage
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, Anberlin, Color Til Monday, done. ~Jeff
Foo Fighters, Blink 182, Guns N’ Roses, and of course us. ~Savage
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
I would say my greatest accomplishment in life is that after 13 years of learning my instrument, I’m still doing what I love to do. Playing in a rock band with my best friends has saved my life. ~Jeff
My greatest accomplishment is doing this west coast tour. I have always dreamed of doing that and this being my first big tour it was something I will always remember for the rest of my life. I hope…no actually I will do it again and it will be just as or even better than the last! ~Savage
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
I cannot see myself not playing in a band. It’s my life and this is my career. ~Jeff
I would be recording. I love recording and making records. There is so much that can be done that the possibilities are endless. If not that I would be running the board for a band on tour. But like Jeff said, this is my career and I cannot see myself not playing shows. ~Savage
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
I am a die-hard Fender bass fan. I pretty much won’t play anything else. I play a Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass and I have a Jaguar bass that I use for a backup. As far as my amp set up goes, I have a Randy Jackson Signature Markbass half stack. 500W head and 1×15 cab. ~Jeff
I use my Gibson Les Paul as my main guitar and a Gibson SG as my back up. As for my amp I use a Marshall JCM2000 on a 4×12 cab. I run through a Line 6 wireless system, Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah, and a reverb petal I made called PT Verb named after one of my electrical professors who passed away. I just recently added a boss flanger to this set up. ~Savage
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
I feel like it didn’t do to well for a while after the 2007 recession. It’s slowly becoming what it was 10+ years ago. Lately, there have been many great sounding bands emerging that are now feeding the fire. ~Jeff
Compared to the last few years, it is starting to come back. For a while bands were struggling to make a name. I feel like the scene is coming back slowly and I feel like it is a storm that is building up and going to take over. The die-hard fans of music and live music are starting to come back and come back strong. ~ Savage
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
I served four years in the U.S. Marines. Did one oversea deployment and one combat deployment to Afghanistan. ~Jeff
Besides playing music I love working on my car or playing pokemon go haha. Mainly working on my car. If I’m not playing shows or practicing music I’m getting my hands greasy on my car. ~Savage
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
I would say we are l an alternative rock band with pop and punk influences. Just come to a show and see for yourself ~Jeff
It is tough to describe your own sound haha. It is a mixture of so much. Our drummer is all over the place when it comes to our sound. Jeff is mainly on the pop punk side and I’m on the hard rock/alternative rock side. Our singer Jennie is also influenced by pop punk; mainly Paramore. So when put together I would say we are alternative to the pop punk side. ~Savage
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
If you are in the southern California area come check out our shows and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and of course check out our music on all digital stores (Spotify, Itunes, Google play, Amazon and many others). We are also revamping our website and will be up with merch and show dates! ~ Color Til Monday.