Fred Mascherino

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Fred Mascherino
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Background information
Birth name Frederick Paul Mascherino
Born (1975-07-27) July 27, 1975 (age 39)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, power pop, folk rock, emo
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, drums
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts Taking Back Sunday, The Color Fred, Terrible Things, Breaking Pangaea, Brody, Say Anything (Band)
Website Official website
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul
Gibson SG Special

Frederick Paul Mascherino (born July 27, 1975 [1]) is an American musician best known for his work as lead guitarist and co-lead vocalist in alternative rock band Taking Back Sunday. He is currently in the band Terrible Things.

Biography[edit]

Mascherino was born in West Chester, PA and raised in Coatesville, PA. He graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he earned a degree in Jazz Guitar.[2] Fred is an active environmentalist and has been a vegan since 1996.[3]

Career[edit]

Brody[edit]

From 1992 to 1999, Mascherino was in a band named Brody, whose members included Kevin Ruggeri, Bill Loughin, Billy Warburton, Brodie Ruland, Keith Cucuzza and Dan Sagherian. It was during this time that he met Eddie Reyes, then of Clockwise.[4] Brody released a 7" EP on Creep Records entitled "Against Forgetting" and a full-length CD entitled "Worth Dying For" on Harvest records. The band was also featured on several compilations, including Blackout! Records' "Punk Rock Jukebox."

Breaking Pangaea[edit]

In 2000, after Brody broke up, Mascherino became lead singer and guitarist for Breaking Pangaea, a band from Philadelphia. Other members included drummer Will Noon, and bassist Clint Stelfox. They were taken on by Florida label Undecided Records, and produced EP "Take Apart the Words" and full-length CD "A Cannon to a Whisper".

In May 2003, Breaking Pangaea released an EP entitled "Phoenix" through Equal Vision Records.

In 2004, the members of Breaking Pangaea met up again and played to a sold out crowd at the First Unitarian Church in Philly. From the stage, Mascherino told the crowd it would not be their last show.[5]

Taking Back Sunday[edit]

Mascherino joined Taking Back Sunday in 2003, replacing original guitarist/singer John Nolan after Nolan left the band with bassist Shaun Cooper to pursue different musical interests with Straylight Run.

Fred's main guitar is a Gibson SG Special, while his main amp consists of a Marshall JCM 800 2203 100-watt head, and a Marshall 1960A cabinet with Celestion Greenback speakers. He notes that the cabinet accounts for 75% of his sound.[6]

During the 2006 Taste of Chaos tour (for which Taking Back Sunday was headlining) Fred returned home due to family commitments. His bandmates were forced to continue without him, supported onstage by members of Saosin, Anti-Flag and Underoath. It was later revealed that Fred's family commitments were in regard to his mother-in-law's battle with cancer.[7]

On October 4, it was announced that Fred left the band to work on his solo project, The Color Fred.

The Color Fred[edit]

The Color Fred is Mascherino's solo project. On October 30, 2007, Equal Vision Records released a full-length CD for the project titled "Bend to Break". Although considered a solo project, Fred was joined on the recording by Steve Curtiss on drums, PJ Bond on bass and backing vocals and Keys/piano played by Breaking Pangaea bassist, Clint Stelfox. At the time of the CD's release, the group was on tour with Straylight Run followed by tours with Angels and Airwaves, The Vans Warped Tour and the Give It A Name Tour in the UK with Four Year Strong and Mayday Parade.

On April 18, 2009, an acoustic CD titled, The Color Fred "The Intervention EP" was released to commemorate Record Store Day. The CD had acoustic versions and demos of songs from "Bend to Break" as well as unreleased songs. Fred supported this release playing acoustic on tours with Craig Owens and The Summer Aesthetic.

Terrible Things[edit]

On October 25, 2009, Mascherino and Andy Jackson (Death In The Park/ex-Hot Rod Circuit) announced plans for a new music project called Initials. The band later changed its name to Terrible Things. They were soon joined by ex-Coheed and Cambria drummer, Josh Eppard, and released their first full-length album, Terrible Things, on August 31, 2010. The album is a concept album revolving around a string of arson fires in Mascherino's hometown, Coatesville, Pennsylvania. On April 20, 2011, Andy Jackson announced that he was leaving the band.[8] The band and Jackson are still on good terms, and the band has continued without him, with Eppard aiding Mascherino with vocal duties. In November 2011, Josh Eppard left to rejoin Coheed and Cambria. Fred has been currently working on a new Terrible Things album with producer, Jason Elgin.[9]

The Lemonheads[edit]

In Winter of 2012, Fred spent 9 weeks on the road playing bass for The Lemonheads.[10] The band was playing "It's a Shame About Ray" in its entirety, one of Fred's favorite albums in college.

Solo[edit]

In Spring 2012, Mascherino announced a small solo tour throughout the northeast region of the United States. Named the "Super Karate Tour," the live shows also feature Scott Reynolds, vocalist for All and the Pavers, as well as Philadelphia, PA-based Toy Cannons.[11][12]

Producing[edit]

Mascherino is credited as a producer and engineer on the 2014 EP Light Years and Heavy Lifting by Only on Weekends.[13][14]

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