At the Chicago stop of Warped Tour 2011, I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing a personal hero of mine, as well as someone who is a legend in the scene. Fred Mascherino of Terrible Things was kind enough to take the time to talk to me about the experience of Warped Tour, work on the band’s sophomore album, and cover videos for the band’s website. The interview was originally intended to be a video, but due to some unfortunate technical problems, it ended up working best as text.
MEB: Hey guys, I’m Pat Haynes from Mind Equals Blown and I’m sitting here with Fred from Terrible Things. How’s it going, Fred?
Fred Mascherino: Good, good. I just washed my face a bit so I could look awake for the interview (laughs). It’s great man. We are loving Warped Tour right now.
This is your first Warped experience and tour as a band without Andy Jackson. How are you guys adjusting the parts live?
Yeah, basically what we are doing is having our drummer, Josh Eppard, cover a lot of the vocals live. A lot of people don’t realize it but Josh has a great singing voice.
Yeah, I really noticed that in the “Under Pressure” cover.
Oh, you saw that? Yeah, he also has his rap project Weerd Science here and he’s doing a really great job with the vocals. As for the guitars, I have my guitar with two different amps on stage.
Awesome. Your debut came out about a year ago. Has work begun at all on the next record?
Yeah, it’s not quite a year yet. A couple of months shy. We have. We are just in the writing stages though.
Very cool. Being among the veterans on Warped, have there been any bands you guys have kind of taken under your wing?
Yeah. Since this is my fifth time on Warped Tour, there are a few bands. Not so much the young ones because they’re doing really well, but the really young bands.
(Laughs) Bands on their first tour?
(Laughs) Yeah. We were driving down the road in the middle of the desert and one of the bands, So Long Arletta, who played the California dates and are now kind of following the tour, were mooning us of course (laughs). So we actually pulled over and they pulled over and we just hung out in the desert and broke out some drinks and just kind of hung out. Just taking it easy. I wanted to go into this tour with a real positive attitude. This band Shut Up and Deal, I’m wearing their shirt, are another band on the tour who sort of help out all over the place, because they are not on a big stage playing for a bunch of people. I kind of remember those days the most when it was really hard and now we are hanging out with them and trying to give them a leg up.
Right. You had mentioned that you were starting to write for the second record. Has any studio time with a producer been set up yet?
No, I think our plan when we get home is to finish the writing and actually record. I don’t want to do the whole “go make a whole album” thing. When I make an album, I spend months recording it alone, not to mention writing it beforehand. This time we are going to do a handful of songs, try to get more of the energy and not spend months and months picking away at it. I love doing that, but right now, I don’t think it’s time for our band to do that. Probably do an EP or maybe something on vinyl that we give away or have some kind of donation thing for.
Wow that would be great. Very cool. So is that basically the plan for after Warped? Just going home and finishing the record?
Yeah, also in September we are going to Australia to play this festival (Soundwave Revolution) that we are pretty excited about.
Awesome. You played there with Taking Back Sunday, right?
Yeah, I went there twice, luckily. I’m lucky to be going back. We are playing this outdoor festival. More outdoor festivals, more heat (laughs). This one’s a bit different. Van Halen is headlining.
Wow (laughs). Ok, that’s pretty awesome.
It’s insane. Because when I was in like third grade, that was my favorite band. So yeah, I’m pretty happy about that.
Definitely, very cool. Is there any music this year that has come out that you’re kind of blown away by or anything relatively new?
Umm, well The Wonder Years, we just played a show with them.
(Laughs). Soupy’s band. (Soupy was sitting right next to me at the time). Yeah, you did their record release show, right?
Yeah, yeah. And it’s an amazing record. (To camera) He’s sitting right there.
Soupy: Hello. I just finished lunch. Had some great jalapeño poppers.
Fred: But umm, yeah there have been a few, and they are all slipping my mind. Because I’ve been on tour I’ve been listening to a lot of old music. You see so many new bands on tour that when we are done…
Right. You just want to listen to the old classics.
Yeah, exactly. There’s this band Priestess I like a lot that is just kind of this, I don’t know, stoner-rock. I guess that will probably never get big and that’s just perfect for me.
Awesome, I’ll definitely check that out. Well, I don’t want to take up too much more of your time, is there anything else you want to add?
Just check out our website, because we’re pretty much not going to do a standard record, and I’m not going to worry about getting on the radio anymore. I think the new radio is YouTube. So we put up a new music video every week for the whole summer.
Yeah, I’ve been following that. I noticed, was it “Conspiracy” that you recorded with an iPhone?
Yeah, we did a video for “Conspiracy,” and we made it with an iPhone. We loved it because we made it ourselves and we were for the first time kind of getting our personality across and not having it cut up by a professional. We actually got this really good camera to shoot some of the other shots but when we mixed it together, it didn’t look good so we went with all iPhone footage and we like it a lot.
Yeah, I really enjoyed it. It looked very cool.
Thanks man. That’s the kind of thing. We also do a lot of acoustic stuff with Josh playing piano. Josh is known for his work with Coheed and Cambria but he also has Weerd Science. That record, you should check out. It’s really genius even if you don’t listen to hip-hop. It’s really heavy and dark but I like it and recommend it. But yeah, if you check out our website www.terriblethings.net we have about ten videos up there and we put a new one up each week.
Now that you mention that, I do have one more question.
Ok, yeah man. Shoot.
You had done “Under Pressure,” and you had done a video kind of a while back with a bunch of different covers put into one video.
(Laughs) Yeah, yeah.
Are there going to be some more cover videos anytime in the future?
Yeah, for sure. I did a more serious cover video of Jeff Buckley that’s probably going to be put up this month.
Awesome, which song?
It’s called “Lover, You Should Have Come Over.”
Wow, that’s my favorite one by him (laughs).
Yeah, it’s an awesome song. I did a shorter version of that acoustic, but yeah if you search YouTube you can find me doing like 15 covers in one shot. It was more of a funny thing, not serious.
I have meant to do more but I’ll probably have to wait until I get home because those take some time.
Yeah, that’s understandable. Well, awesome, Fred I definitely appreciate this.
Hey man, it’s totally my pleasure, I’d definitely do it again. Good meeting you.
Thanks again to Fred for taking the time to talk with me and if you are going to Warped Tour this summer, make sure to catch Terrible Things on the Ernie Ball Stage. The band is playing the entire Warped Tour and put on one of the better shows on the bill.