Who: Mae with Terrible Things
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Where: The Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St., Denver
Fred Mascherino had a good run performing with Taking Back Sunday, but the vocalist/guitarist really wanted to front his own band.
Mascherino got his wish with the new alternative supergroup Terrible Things. The band also features Josh Eppard from Coheed and Cambria, and Andy Jackson from Hot Rod Circuit.
The buzz is on about this band and its new self-titled record. On Tuesday, locals get to check out Terrible Things’ set at the Marquis Theater. Mae is also on the rocking bill.
“I was in Taking Back Sunday for almost five years,” Mascherino said. “It was awesome and it was like going to college to get an education in rock. I learned a lot and got to play in some of the best places in the world.
“I left the band three years ago. When I joined, we wanted it to be a double-singer thing. As we got bigger, it went more towards having one lead singer. I missed doing the vocals, so I wanted to start my own band.
Mascherino missed being part of the brotherhood of the road, so he was pleased to find Eppard and Jackson. The power trio makes up the heart and soul of Terrible Things.
“We keep things old school in this band — that means our live show sounds like the record,” Mascherino said. “We also have two lead singers, because Andy and I both do the vocals. And we have all these great guitar solos like classic bands used to have.”
Mascherino developed an unusual concept for the band’s self-titled album.
The performer’s hometown of Coatesville, Pa., was ravaged by a series of arsons in 2008. The tragedy hit at the heart of the small town and inspired the songs on the new Terrible Things’ CD.
“I didn’t originally want to do a concept record, but I was getting upset and frustrated by what was going on in my hometown,” Mascherino said. “Someone set 49 fires in a four-month time period, so every few nights there was a fire. People stayed up all night to wait and watch, but it was always random.
“I wanted to write about what was happening in this sleepy town, but I also wanted to write some hopeful anthems.”
Fans started latching onto Terrible Things’ songs and the band’s career has been on the rise.
“We’ve been on the road opening for Mae, and it’s given us the chance to play nice long sets and win people over,” Mascherino said. “We’ve opened shows for bands like The Offspring and played for 8,000 people, but it’s easier to connect with fans at smaller shows.
“People who know about us are coming out to the shows, and we hang out with the audiences the way we did when we were with our old bands. We make sure everyone has a great time at our shows.”