Terrible Things – Terrible Things
Record Label: Universal Motown
Release Date: August 31, 2010
With the all-star triumvirate of Fred Mascherino (ex-Taking Back Sunday, The Color Fred), Andy Jackson (ex-Hot Rod Circuit, Death in the Park), and Josh Eppard (ex-Coheed and Cambria), it’s no wonder why Terrible Things has acquired such hype for their debut self-titled record. A loosely based concept record about fires throughout Mascherino’s hometown in Pennsylvania, Terrible Things is dark, pretentious, and colossal.
The record combines the strength of Mascherino-era Taking Back Sunday and recent work in his solo project The Color Fred with Jackson’s knack for an infectious hook backed by Eppard’s naturally massive drumming. Each artist adds his own contribution to Terrible Things, resulting in an enormous sounding record made for arenas.
Musically, the members hone in on their skills. The guitars balance the vocals delightfully, prevalent on the raucous “Revolution.” Likewise, the drums complement all aspects of the record as well, evident throughout “Not Alone.” Lyrically, Terrible Things is loosely based around the aforementioned fires, most ubiquitous on the soaring “Up At Night.”
Terrible Things are able to combine poignant softer tunes (“Been Here Before”) with straightforward addicting rock tunes (“Not Alone”). From the poppy piano “Conspiracy” to the vocal highlight “Wrap Me Up,” Mascherino and Jackson combine their talents and strengths into one cohesive, outstanding vocal performance throughout Terrible Things. “Lullaby” and later “Not Alone” are slightly reminiscent of early aggressive Taking Back Sunday while “Wrap Me Up” could fit on perfectly on Jackson’s Death in the Park. Title track “Terrible Things” starts of with Mascherino singing “I said you could count on me / but I wouldn’t hold that breath myself,” demonstrating the one-liner lyrics prevalent throughout the record. However, while the title track starts off highly, it soon becomes repetitive, thus being the only flaw on the record.
While the beautiful “Intro” began Terrible Things with a soft acoustic guitar and breathtaking violins before launching into the record, closer “The Arsonist’s Wife” highlights every aspect of Terrible Things into one ultimate finale. Jackson and Mascherino deliver exceptional vocals over their brilliant guitar play. Just when it seems “The Arsonist’s Wife” couldn’t end Terrible Things any better, the hidden track cues – a stripped down, acoustic track driven solely Mascherino full of pure emotion.
Living up to the hype and line-up, Terrible Things is one of the most cohesive pop-rock albums of the year. Each track takes a new spin, yet all three members perform wonderfully throughout the debut’s entirety. Terrible Things will easily please any fan of Taking Back Sunday and Death in the Park, as it’s the perfect combination of the best parts of each project.