Terrible Things - Terrible Things

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Universal Motown Records
Terrible Things
Terrible Things
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When super groups form, it is extremely easy to anoint them as the next great band based solely on each member’s body of work. But as we’ve seen with bands such as Two Tongues, the amount of talent or previous successes never guarantees a quality output. Cross talent off the talent prerequisite; Terrible Things easily fulfill this requirement, as all three members have contributed a great deal to their previous projects. The lingering question is if they could create something that integrated all of their strengths into a solid package. And on their debut album, a major label one as a matter of fact, the trio known as Terrible Things successfully quell any doubts about chemistry. The band’s self-titled album is full of edgy rock and roll that should cater to scores of audiences.

As foreshadowed by the album’s artwork, Terrible Things’ debut is quite personal to Fred Mascherino, who relays emotions he associated with the fires that once ravaged his hometown Coatesville, Pennsylvania. After a short instrumental intro track that features lightly plucked acoustic guitars, the record kicks into overdrive with the burner “Revolution.” From the get go, the lyrical content is quite dark, as Mascherino emphatically proclaims, “This is not your savior/ Or the answer to your prayers.” Though after listening to the entire record it is abundantly clear that the primary vocalist will be Mascherino, there are times that Mascherino and Andy Jackson trade off vocal duties. Particularly in “Revolution”, the dual vocal tandem works quite well, as the duo state in the refrain, “This is not a revolution/ Till we say it is.” Mascherino’s personal struggle appears again in the subsequent song “Up At Night.” After listing his possible worries, he reveals what truly is plaguing him, burning of his home. This serves as one of most alluring attributes of Terrible Things: it is accessible but contains heart and passion that you crave.

Sandwiched in the middle of album is “Terrible Things”, which is easily one of the best tracks the band has penned. While it does not have the same lyrical significance as some of its predecessors, “Terrible Things” contains the album’s best hook. For those who desire quality choruses, “Conspiracy” another track that should embed itself in your brain. It might not be the album’s shining star, again due to the lyrical depth, but it’s another accessible rock song to devour. After primarily focusing on Fred Mascherino, “Wrap Me Up” stars Andy Jackson on lead vocals. While it is another catchy tune, “Wrap Me Up” does contain some missteps in the lyrical department. It begins swimmingly before plunging into a chorus of “I was built to fail you/ It’s part of my design/ You’re better off without me in your life.” Are they egregious lyrics? No, there is certainly worse out there. However, as seen in the other tracks, better words have been constructed by the band. It is just a little disappointing that they would settle for a somewhat plain and predictable refrain.

Another strong track with obvious personal significance is “Been Here Before”. It displays the band’s versatility, as it begins with Mascherino backed by the strums of an acoustic guitar. The song slowly crescendos into a triumphant final chorus where Mascherino pains, “You’re holding back/ I’ll wait/ Just wait in vain for you.” After a series of up-tempo tunes, the stripped down “Been Here Before” is a welcome to the ears.  

Despite all the praise that can be offered to their debut, Terrible Things’ self-titled record has a few apparent flaws. While it is innately catchy and accessible, the replay value of the disc is not as strong as you would think. There are songs that definitely shine and grab your attention, but as an album, it will not be a record that you will constantly obsess about. But overall, Terrible Things is nothing short of impressive. Unlike a lot of supergroups, there is massive potential for the future. Even now, Terrible Things have more to offer than a lot of their contemporaries: quality rock and roll infused with heartfelt lyrics. While they might have more than one million plays on Myspace, Terrible Things are still relatively unknown to the world. However, don’t be the one late on the bandwagon. Terrible Things is sure to win over the hearts of many with this record. 

1. Intro
2. Revolution
3. Up At Night
4. Lullaby
5. Terrible Things
6. Conspiracy
7. Wrap Me Up
8. Been Here Before
9. Not Alone
10. The Hills Of Birmingham
11. The Arsonist's Wife

Terrible Things is a newer band (2010) featuring Fred Mascherino aka The Color Fred (Ex-Taking Back Sunday/Breaking Pangaea), Andy Jackson of Death in the Park (Ex-Hot Rod Circuit), and Josh Eppard aka Weerd Science (Ex- Coheed and Cambria/3).

The band is signed to Universal-Motown records and is set to put out their debut album August 31st, 2010.

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