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Frederick Paul Mascherino (born July 27, 1974[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.

Fred Mascherino
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Fred in 2007.
Background information
Birth nameFrederick Paul Mascherino
Born (1974-07-27) July 27, 1974 (age 45)
Coatesville, Pennsylvania, US
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • bass guitar
  • keyboards
  • drums
Years active1992–present
Associated acts



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]


Brody (1992–1999)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, Pat Higgins 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 (2000–2003)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 (2003–2007)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. During his stint with Taking Back Sunday, Mascherino was a major collaborator, and was responsible for co-writing the majority of Louder Now, as well as many songs from Where You Want To Be.

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 had left the band to work on his solo project, The Color Fred.

The Color Fred (2006–present)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 ThingsEdit

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 LemonheadsEdit

In the 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.


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]

Say AnythingEdit

During the summer of 2014, Mascherino joined the indie-punk group Say Anything as a touring guitarist and backup vocalist for the group's Hebrews Tour only.


Mascherino is credited as a producer and engineer on the 2014 EP Light Years and Heavy Lifting by Only on Weekends. He also produced the 2014 EP "Every Light" by Modern Suits.[13][14][15]

On March 26, 2015, Mascherino performed a guitar solo on the Double Experience track "Goddamn Mimetic Business"[16]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 23, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Official TBS update and new band Starlight Run – Alternative Addiction Message Board Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
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  4. ^ The Color Fred
  5. ^ The Color Fred
  6. ^ Taking Back Sunday – AMP #44 Archived December 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Taking Back Sunday Online Diary 29th November 2006 Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
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  11. ^ Tours: Scott Reynolds / Fred Mascherino / Toy Cannons.
  12. ^ The Super Karate Tour Archived April 9, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ UTG ALBUM PREMIERE: Only On Weekends – ‘Light Years and Heavy Lifting’
  14. ^ Pop-punkers Only On Weekends are releasing a new EP and celebrating with some Philly shows
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Loeffler, Shawn (April 27, 2015). "Double Experience Drop Goddamn Mimetic Business Lyric Video, Tour Dates". Yell Magazine.

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