Initials is Fred Mascherino (The Color Fred/Taking Back Sunday), Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit/Death In The Park), Steven Lucarelli (Once Nothing), and Anthony Martone (ex-VersaEmerge).
“With two singer/songwriters in the band, the sky’s the limit with creativity” says Andy of the new band, who together with Fred will be sharing singing duties on this project that they describe as American Rock Revival Music. Adds bassist Steve Lucarelli, “The four of us happened to be looking to join a band at the same time so we’re starting out on the same page. It’s been great seeing happens when we get in a room together. Our goal is to play great songs and hit the road immediately.”
The first batch of songs by Initials (which will be unveiled at their very first show on Wednesday evening) share a thematic thread very close to Fred. Motivated by a series of fires that terrorized his hometown of Coatesville, PA earlier this year (a number of arsonists were finally arrested in the spring but not before setting almost 50 fires), the songs he has written tell a tale of physical and emotional tolls on a couple trying to stay awake at night to protect their home while having to get through regular life during the day. He and Andy will spend the next few months fleshing out the rest of the album which is lated for a 2010 release.
Initials plays their first show at The Note in West Chester, PA tonight.
Oct 28 The Note – West Chester, PA
Oct 29 Cameo (21+) – Brooklyn, NY
Nov 12 Knitting Factory w/ Hawthorne Heights, Just Surrender – Brooklyn, NY
Nov 13 7@7 w/ The Scenic – Cherry Hill, NJ
Unlike most tours whose tickets include service charges, handling fees, and parking costs, the upcoming “Virtual Tour” for THE COLOR FRED will be accessible through the internet with no fees whatsoever! In support of the upcoming THE INTERVENTION EP which hits stores on April 18th, this “virtual tour” consists of five exclusive and very intimate acoustic performances by singer/songwriter Fred Mascherino that are spread out on five different websites and portals. AltPress.com, MySpace, AOL, Peta2 and Shockhound will debut one video each on Monday, April 12th. To see the whole tour, fans will need to visit each of the five sites and view the videos.
Set for release on “National Record Store Day” (Saturday, April 18th), this EP was recorded specifically for this year’s event. “I want to remind everyone out there that independent record stores still exist,” Fred explains. “[The Intervention EP] won’t be available at Best Buy, Target, or any of the major retailers. It’ll only be available at indie retail stores. It’s my way of supporting indie stores since they’ve always supported me.” (a list of stores is available on the band’s MySpace page). The Color Fred will be celebrating the release with an in-store at Vintage Vinyl (51 Lafayette Rd., Fords, NJ 08863) at 1:00pm on April 18th.
The “tour” begins at the band’s MySpace page at www.myspace.com/thecolorfred. The corresponding blog on the page will offer a “road map” with links to the different “stops” on the tour. The participating sites and videos will be:
Myspace: “Intervention” (www.myspace.com/thecolorfred)
AltPress.com: “Complaintor” (www.altpress.com)
Shockhound: “Terrible Things” (shockhound.com)
PETA2: “Dark Clouds” (peta2.com)
AOL’s “Spinner”: “If I Surrender” (spinner.com)