THE COLOR FRED Returns with Their First New Song in Over a Decade Plus Shows in Philly and Brooklyn

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 MascherinoBend 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.

Photo by: Vince Sadonis

Terrible Things Reveals New Lineup

West Chester, PA – Nearly two years after releasing their self-titled debut, TERRIBLE THINGS returns as a three piece with two new faces. Beating the “supergroup” curse of one album and done, Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday, Breaking Pangaea, The Color Fred) is rejuvenated and back in the producer’s chair wearing his writing cap. “I never really stopped working on Terrible Things. We were starting to write our second record when Josh Eppard was asked to rejoin Coheed And Cambria on drums. I went completely underground to make sure that I had something before I tried to bring the band back”, explains Mascherino.

After a lot of thinking during his brief hiatus, Fred called on his sidekick Steve Curtiss from his previous band The Color Fred to replace Eppard. “I was playing drums on demos of the new songs and every time I listened back I kept thinking about the way Steve would play it. I wrote The Color Fred record with him and we work really well together. When we first talked about playing together again, we both wanted to make sure that we took this to another level beyond what we had done before so we’ve been really pushing each other this time”, comments Mascherino. Fred then tapped new talent Aaron Van Allen to carry on the duties of bass and backing vocals. “Aaron is great on just about any instrument, but it’s especially great to hear him sing on the songs”, adds Mascherino. “This is the first time in years that I’ve had a band that all lives in the same place, so we rehearse nearly every night. It’s going to make a big difference for our live performances”, explains Mascherino.

Revived and energized, Terrible Things will hit the ground running next month on their very first headline run (dates below). Their inaugural shows with the new lineup and music will kick off not so far from Fred’s hometown of Coatesville, PA in Lancaster, PA at Chameleon Club and lead them back home to Gunner’s Run in Philadelphia for a FREE show. “I wanted to play these shows because we haven’t been on tour in a long time where we got anything more than an opening set length and with new songs, we can play a lot longer. We want to play for our own fans and give them a real show, the way we would do it”, remarks Mascherino.

Terrible Things is Fred Mascherino (vocals,guitar), Aaron Van Allen (bass, backing vocals), and Steve Curtiss (drums).

July 11 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA w/ The Company We Keep
July 12 Mexical Live – Teaneck, NJ w/ The Company We Keep
July 14 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Brian Carley (Penfold)
July 15 Gunner’s Run – Philadelphia, PA w/ The Company We Keep (FREE Show)

Exclusive: TerribleThings Interview


A few weeks ago during the Camden, NJ stop of the Vans Warped Tour 2011, we sat down with Fred Mascerino from Terrible Things. We talked about Warped Tour’s evolution, why the music industry sucks and why DIY is the way to go.

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