Misery Signals “The Absent Light” CD release North American tour hit hard in Toronto at the Annex Wreck Room on July 14th. Not to be forgotten is supporting co-headliner, The Color Morale; ripping their new work off their recently released full length “Know Hope” that dropped this March via Rise Records. Remaining powerhouses on this bill included Intervals and The Kindred. This tour collectively reaches eleven Canadian dates giving those of us east to west something to talk about.
Set aside the intimate inception of The Annex Wreckroom on a Toronto summer night, the sauna-like environment showed no signs of crowd participation slowing down as The Color Morale took the stage. The pit was packed as the 19+ section began to fill out. This band can be recognized for their dynamic music capabilities and stage presence but what cannot go unnoticed is the message they deliver. Vocalist Garret Rapp invokes TCMs purpose of “Know Hope” and how they didn’t follow the same three producers and the same sound but took the dirt road. He invited everyone to steal the CD online as they don’t care about sales, “We care about heart, and that makes us completely rich.” Their fans can understand passion isn’t manufactured for this band but their authenticity is what humbles this music scene and keeps it alive.
As The Color Morale wrapped up and Misery Signals proceeded to end the night, it was clear to see there was no translucency through this crowd; it was a packed house front to back. As the first lick of “Five Years” struck, pole climbing in the pit commenced among ceiling hanging from fans as I could even see stage management smirking behind the scenes. Misery Signals hit hard and kept their energy consistent, which was complimented and solidified by their sound that was a far realm from disappointment.
For those who stuck around at the end of the night were pleasantly serenaded with an acoustic set and one on one discussions with members of The Color Morale.