The Color Fred
Bend To Break

EVR145
Released on October 30, 2007

1. Get Out
Get MP32. If I Surrender
3. Hate To See You Go
4. It Isn't Me
5. Complaintor
6. The Tragedy
7. I Didn't See
8. Empty House
9. Minnesota
10. I'll Never Know
11. Don't Pretend

Bend To Break is the debut solo rock album from Taking Back Sunday's lead guitarist and songwriter, Fred Mascherino!

  • Produced, Mixed, and Recorded by Lou Giordano (Sunny Day Real Estate, Taking Back Sunday, Paul Westerberg, Yo La Tengo)
  • Packaging made of over 95% recycled material

Vinyl Information
500 on Brown vinyl (alternate artwork) released on The Vinyl Summer/Equal Vision Records

Boston Phoenix - Album Review
December 03, 2007

Not unlike Dave Grohl back when he was best known as the drummer in Nirvana, Taking Back Sunday guitarist Fred Mascherino gets a kick out of writing simple power-pop tunes that don’t make much sense within the tortured-emo confines of his day-job rock band. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Bend To Break, the debut by Mascherino’s terribly named solo project the Color Fred, sounds a whole lot like Foo Fighters. (Indeed, more than Rivers Cuomo or Jeremy Enigk, Grohl is shaping up as the current emo generation’s #1 influence — see also the recent album by Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie’s new band the Almost.) There’s nothing on Bend To Break with the psychological complexity (or the arena-rock bombast) of TBS’s best stuff, but Mascherino has a knack for rhythmic snap and melodic sap that lifts his material above the similarly situated fare available by the ton on MySpace.


Mikael Wood

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