Putting together the modern rock “supergroup” Terrible Things was disarmingly easy for former Taking Back Sunday guitarist Fred Mascherino.
He was already working under the solo moniker the Color Fred and doing acoustic dates when former Hot Rod Circuit member Andy Jackson mixed sound for one of his shows. “He said, ‘Man, I really like your songs. If you’d ever want a guitar play or anything, I’d love to play with you,’ ” Mascherino, 34, recalls. After some sessions with producer Jason Elgin in Alabama, the two men “had some ideas, and Jackson was like, ‘We need to think bigger. Let’s get the right drummer.’
“I said, ‘My favorite drummer ever is Josh Eppard,’ ” formerly of Coheed & Cambria, Mascherino adds. “We called him and he wanted to do it, and that was it. Pretty easy, really.”
Terrible Things has completed recording its debut album, which is due out later this summer, though one track, “Revolution,” is streaming at the group’s MySpace site. Mascherino describes it as a concept album inspired by a rash of arsons that took place recently in his home town of Coatesville, Pa. It also finds the trio charting different musical paths than some of its fans might expect.
“It was definitely not so much about what’s going on on the radio or anything,” the guitarist explains. “It was sort of, ‘Let’s create something new’ and at the same time follow the classic bands that we’re all fans of, so ‘Let’s take inspiration from that instead of pretending like we’re competing with the latest hits.’
“So it’s not so much like the sort of punkier genre we all came from but more of what the Foo Fighters do, and some of the older bands. It’s just good grooves and straight-ahead, just rock.”
Terrible Things performs with Story of the Year on Tuesday, May 18, at the iLounge, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.livenation.com.
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