Philadelphia’s guitar hero Fred Mascherino has reignited his solo project THE COLOR FRED with a newly invigorated lineup. Mascherino has also resurfaced with a brand new song titled “Don’t Give Up On Me” and lyric video as well. To celebrate its first new material in over a decade, The Color Fred will be playing shows in Philadelphia (June 14 at Kung Fu Necktie) and Brooklyn (June 15 at Knitting Factory). Advance tickets are now on sale and can be purchased here.
“We got married young, so my wife and I are at 20 years right now,” explains Mascherino. “We pretty much had back-to-back mid-life crises in recent months, but it makes you want to better yourself. That’s all wrapped up in this song’s lyrics. I built my studio last year and this is the first song coming out of it. Musically, I’m really happy that it went to some new places but still sounds like me. The title ‘Don’t Give Up On Me’ also seems amusingly appropriate for sending a new song out there after years of silence.”
The Color Fred is an indie rock band headed by former Taking Back Sunday guitarist/vocalist Fred Mascherino. Bend to Break, TCF’s debut full-length album, was released on October 30, 2007 via Equal Vision Records. The album peaked at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. TCF toured the US, Canada and the UK, providing support for such bands as Dashboard Confessional, Angels and Airwaves and Four Year Strong. They released an acoustic EP for Record Store Day in 2009.
When Mascherino entered the studio to record LP two, he wound up collaborating with his friends Josh Eppard (Coheed and Cambria) and Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit) in what eventually became Terrible Things. TT released their highly-anticipated self-titled debut album on Universal Motown. Mascherino then went on tour playing bass for The Lemonheads and guitar for Say Anything. During that time, Mascherino was producing and writing for bands, eventually building his own studio, Diver Down. In late 2018, he decided to close the studio to the public and start recording his own music again. Coming full-circle, the new material will be released as The Color Fred. Fans can expect more new music and shows in 2019.
“Metallica were the first band, in 2008, to celebrate Record Store Day with an appearance at their local record store, and have released RSD and BF titles at record stores throughout the history of Record Store Day, making them a very good choice to be the Ambassador…”
You can stream Punchline’s new LP and Invogue Records debut, Thrilled below.
The band’s first new album in 3 years will be released on vinyl, CD and all digital formats. You can pick up Punchline’s Thrilled on iTunes HERE or on AmazonHERE.
Upcoming shows: DEC 15– Cleveland Heights, OH- Grog Shop DEC 16– Baltimore, MD- Ottobar DEC 17– New York, NY- The Studio at Webster Hall DEC 18– Pittsburgh, PA- Altar Bar DEC 20– Philadelphia, PA- Underground Arts (supporting BAYSIDE)
What others are saying about Punchline’s ‘Thrilled’:
“From classic pop-punk jams to contemporary pop tunes, from electronic flourishes to indie influences, this is the ever-evolving group’s most eclectic effort yet.”- Absolutepunk.net
“On their new song, “Tell Me How You Sleep” they’ve gone full on electropop — a far, far cry from a band that once crafted guitar-based hooks without any hit of synthesizer.”- Billboard
If Rise Again sounds too much like Stabbing Westward, it’s because singer Christopher Hall and keyboardist/programmer Walter Flaka were original members and the key songwriters of Stabbing Westward. They stated that their intention was to deliver an album that brought back the early Stabbing Westward sound that fans had been asking for. The Dreaming is rounded out with guitarist Carlton Bost (Orgy, Deadsy), bassist Brent Ashley (Static-X) and one-time Stabbing Westward drummer Johnny Haro.
After a long stretch of uninspired, downbeat offerings, Marilyn Manson had a semi-comeback with 2012’s Born Villain.
Was that a late career fluke winner?
The followup, The Pale Emperor will be a good indication if he is truly back on track.
What really helps to shake this album up and what keeps it fresh is that Manson has collaborated with film/television/video game composer Tyler Bates for the music. A lot of the ensuing product has a rustic, bluesy vibe yet there are some nods to the heavy, nu-metal past (“Deep Six”). “The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles” seems to combine elements of the band’s early music with the direction they have taken over the last decade better than one could possibly hope.
New drummer Gil Sharone (Stolen Babies, Dillinger Escape Plan) provides surprisingly spare beats yet this also helps to keep the songs less cluttered and more propulsive. It creates a swagger than fans of the band’s 90s work could be surprised by.
On the downside, the album is definitely front-loaded with the more varied/memorable tracks comprising the first two-thirds of the collection. The last three songs are mostly boring numbers though “Cupid Carries a Gun” does have some moments.
Overall, The Pale Emperor seems to be proof that Manson is again focused on putting together worthwhile albums that aren’t mired in depression and a lethargic pace.
The years have changed him from what he once was, but you can also look at it as growth, spooky, spooky growth.
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