THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES
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THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES

Frenchtown, New Jersey, United States | SELF

Frenchtown, New Jersey, United States | SELF
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"New release by The Almighty Terribles...prove originality is not dead"

...On "We're Not the Only Ones," Frenchtown-based The Almighty Terribles concoct a potent hybrid of funk, hard rock, punk and jam music — the results of which sound like the musical equivalent of a back alley rumble between the members of Incubus and Moe.
The Terribles' strength lies in the laser-guided precision of their instrumentation — at times sounding off-the-cuff yet terse and intricately connected.
Singer/guitarist Dave Cahill lays down slabs of distorted guitar crunch, complemented by a tight and bouncy rhythm section — rounded out by bassist Nathan Powell and drummer Ryan Decker — that keeps the momentum of the album chugging along at a brisk and even pace.
On "Don't You Know," Cahill offers up one of several ridiculously catchy guitar hooks that will stay with you long after the album comes to a close. Another fretboard workout comes later on in the opening riff to "How Could You."
Powell and Decker push the album along with a heavy, in-the-pocket swing on "Blood for Fuel" and "Escape."
The former also lets Cahill — not one to shy away from speaking his mind in his lyrics — tackle politics with fiery conviction, rallying against political corruption and sounding off on government distrust, summed up in the line "Soldier lay down your arms and open your mind."
It's heavy stuff, no doubt.
The "S.C.I.E.N.C.E."-era Incubus influence creeps up in the tempo shuffles of "Loaded Gun" and "Immunity."
The melodic ditty "Medicine" has a softer, upswing groove reminiscent of early Weezer -- a brief but effective departure from the aggressiveness of the rest of the album.
With "Ones," the Terribles deliver an overall solid and well-crafted album that proves originality in music is still very much alive. - The Express-Times - Lehigh Valley Live


"A "Terrible " time with Dave Cahill."

I had the chance to chat with Dave Cahill of The Almighty Terribles on a cool and dark Wednesday evening while he was at SMT Studios in NYC. Here’s what he had to say for himself:

RW: I really dig your band’s name. It’s right up there with other awesome band names “…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead,” “Doctor Teeth and Electric Mayhem, and “The Gentleman Farmer’s Union”. What is the origin of your band’s name?

DC: The name was blurted out one late evening by my brother Rich in November 2005 to describe how absolutely terrible we sounded that night. This was before I sang and we played mostly instrumental music. "We're like the Almighty Terribles or something,” Rich said, as a light bulb materialized over my head. That was it. That was to be our name.

RW: What are you currently listening to?

DC: I am currently listening to Radiohead, "The King of Limbs".

RW: Have you managed to keep your original line-up together?

DC: We’ve had a few different members over the years. The current lineup is myself, Ryan Decker on drums and Nate Powell on bass. Ryan and I were in a seven-piece band live trance band from 2003-2005 called Foolz. We performed all over the Lehigh Valley before I left the band in 2005. We were known for our late-night long jams, improvisation and partying. It was a lot of fun, but I had this other sound bouncing around my head. I became friends with Nate in 2008 while performing solo at Pearly Baker's where he works. I scared him with my black Mohawk and over the next few months we began talking about life on other planets, had a few jams and Nate officially joined the band in August 2009.

RW: So when did you officially form?

DC: We formed after the release of my solo album, The Huddled Masses. The idea for the band began in rural New Jersey as a loose collective of musicians that I was associated with. It was never meant to be a three-piece Prog-rock band, but more like a large collection of random musicians, playing whatever needed to be played that evening. Realizing that it was hard to schedule in so many talented musicians, I decided to let go of the original idea of a collective and focus more on a rock outfit, and to start saying what was on my mind. Besides, looking for a singer was too frustrating, I decided to just learn how to sing and write and do it myself.

I wrote and recorded The Huddled Masses in 2006 with the help of my brother Rich on drums and Myke Tarlazzi on drums and bass. In 2008 I wrote Fascists to Ashes and recorded it with the help of Myke and our engineer friend Shauhn Wilson up in the Poconos. We used lots of old, sometimes broken equipment to record a monster of an album. Myke and I performed all the instruments, and after we finished we realized we needed a drummer to pull the songs off live. That is when we welcomed Jeff D'Amore to the band.

In late 2008, drummer Ryan Decker moved back from Colorado and asked if he could be in the band. It was the spark that the band needed to propel itself into the local spotlight. We began recording Hope-nosis in January 2009. The first weekend of recording sessions, during the middle of recording "Bailout" Ryan and I saw a giant, red, UFO circling overhead. It was silent, it was triangle shaped, and it was unlike anything I have ever seen. After mentioning this to a few people, I realized that, no one believed me. Luckily about a month later, I saw a news report of a 20-year veteran pilot who saw the same exact flying vehicle that night in the same county as we were in. Anyway, we blasted the music from the open doors of our studio that night so that whoever was flying in the giant red triangle could hear it. The album was finally released in August 2009, and Myke left the band shortly thereafter. I thought the fate of the band was over.

Luckily, bassist Nate Powell was immediately available and showed up to the first band practice together knowing every song and every chord. He really reignited the flame that was almost lost, thankfully his dedication really motivated both Ryan and I to push even harder.

RW: What’s your process for recording? Does it vary from album to album?

DC: In the past, I have always engineered and recorded all of my music. This changed in 2010 when we hired the help of brilliant friend and engineer Brian Herman of SMT Studios in Manhattan. The new album was recorded like a live album, and it really defines the sound.
My obsession with the multi-verse and Carl Sagan fed the songs and Brian's unbelievable producing and engineering abilities allowed these feelings and ideas in my head to transcend into the music. After many months of tweaking and late night metaphysical experiences, We're Not The Only Ones was finally completed in April 2011. The album will be released this summer.



RW: What can you tell me more about the latest album?

DC: We're Not The Only Ones is a hopeful call for peace and unity on this planet and all the others. I am sure that we are not the only ones, and that this current reality is just a small slice of what is actually real. It wasn't until I realize how truly small we are that I found pure happiness and love for everything around me.
Brian Herman and I are putting the final touches on it now. Brian is a true genius at what he does, I am sure he would disagree if he knew I said that, but believe me, it's true. I have spent the majority of my life recording music, and this project by far was the most enjoyable, experimental, and mind altering experience I have ever had. It is as if we tapped into another dimension somewhere, and listened to the music they had and took some of it home with us. It is hard to describe this all in words, but I can honestly say, my life has been forever changed after recording this album. It'd kind of like a near death experience packed into wave of audio. I cannot wait to begin the next album. I cannot wait to do this forever.

RW: Sounds pretty conceptual.

DC: Overall, the album is all about the infinite complexities that surround us, the feeling that we are not alone in this universe, and that there are an infinite number of alternate realities and multiple dimensions that we will never fully understand.

RW: Walk me through some of the tracks.

The album starts off with "Algorithm" which is a tribute song to all our fans and friends who have supported us through the years. They know who they are; they always come to our shows and tell their friends about us. It was fitting to write a song for them to begin the album.

The second track is "Don't You Know". We had help from vocalist, Maigin Blank, who was just visiting the studio the night we were recording vocals for the song. I wrote down some of the lyrics and just let her do her thing. The song is upbeat and about the experiences between two lovers who love each other so much, they end up pushing each other away, like reverse magnetism.

The third track, "Blood For Fuel", was written for all my friends in the peace organization, We Are Change. Over the years I have taken part in many events and protests with people from all over the world. My friend Luke Rudkowski founded the group. It began in his room in Brooklyn and has spread to a worldwide peace organization with chapters in over 80 countries. It’s a siren song for the troops, to lay down their weapons and disobey the unconstitutional orders given to them by our tyrannical government. I plead for them to stop and think about what they are involved in, and realize that everyone on this planet are in fact, one people. From chaos, comes clarity, as much as it will be horrible if society crumbles, I hope that humans will realize how fragile our seemingly meaningless existence is, and how we need to do everything we can to survive and continue our species into the next century.

"Escape" and it is about a man who falls in love with an extraterrestrial. Luckily, we had guitar virtuoso, Joe Lawler perform the lead guitar part. He has been a friend and inspiration for years. Having him on this song and on "Something Ain't Right" is definitely one of my favorite parts of the album.

The song "Medicine" is about someone’s eternal love for marijuana. And "Methodology" is about going through madness but prevailing with important thoughts and ideas as the madness takes over. The title song "We're Not The Only Ones" was a collaborative effort between the band and producer & engineer, Brian Herman. We actually went out in the streets of New York at 4am and recorded sounds of the city and imported them into the track. It gave a sort of hyper-reality type of sound to this epic finale. It sounds like a civil war song on Mars or Gliese 581g, but it also kind of feels like God is sitting on your face, or maybe that's how it feels to me.

RW: What’s the first album you ever bought?

DC: They Might Be Giants, "Flood".

RW: What is your favorite lyric?

DC: I have two by Chris Whitley: "So hard to get warm now, so easy to get burned." & "Well the mist shall be your blanket, While the moss shall ease your head, As the future is soon forgotten, As the dirt shall be your bed. "


RW: You recently did a show with someone pretty famous. How did that unfold?

DC: I performed with Tim Reynolds on stage recently; he plays with the Dave Matthews Band. He is my favorite guitar player, and it was an honor playing with him and his band, TR3. He has been a friend for several years, and I have learned countless things from him over the years, he is one very special musician and person.

RW: What song do you wish you wrote?

DC: I wish I wrote the song, "Big Sky Country" by Chris Whitley or "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead.

RW: Any thoughts on how this album will be received?

DC: I never thought I would experience the feeling I have while listening to these final mixes. I feel empowered and joyful that we were able to create something so powerful, so beautiful and really capture the late night metaphysical experiences we lived through. I hope people all over the world get to hear this album. I am also going to be beaming the album into space with radio waves at the speed of light, hoping that someone out there will hear it. Or perhaps, when we die, we just wake up on another world somewhere else. In that case, perhaps I will be able to recapture this work in the next life. If there were no other life beyond, it seems like it would be a terrible waste of space. Of course life in the Universe is abundant, but really this experience we are having right now is just a hologram, there is no end to what we don't know. We have much to learn and I hope we make it through the growing pains of being human. Only a very small portion of nuclear weapons must be detonated before everything is washed away, as if it never happened. Everyone you ever knew, every song ever written, every paint-stroke, every novel, poem, letter, conversation would be wiped from existence in an instant, forever. Of course, no one wants this, but we need to be ready to fight until our last breath to prevent it, it is our destiny to travel to the stars and share our stories with the others out there. We Are Not The Only Ones.

RW: One last question: is Nate’s middle name “Danger”? What’s the most dangerous thing he’s done?

DC: Nate's middle name really is "DANGER". One time Nate was brutally attacked by a vicious feline which he battled for twelve hours before finally screaming, "UNCLE!" He then left the scene of the crime with his bass between his legs.


For information about upcoming performances, to view the band’s videos, or purchase albums hit these guys up at thealmightyterribles.com.
- The Elucidator


""THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES" swing to the beat of something different."

"THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES" swing to the beat of something different. They've got soul, and they blend funk, heavy and distorted guitar riffage, and stylized vocals into an upbeat mass of solid rock." - The Pulse Weekly (Lehigh Valley, PA)


""THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES" and the production, message, atmosphere, and originality of their first album, Fascists to Ashes, speaks miles."

"THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES" and the production, message, atmosphere, and originality of their first album, Fascists to Ashes, speaks miles. - Praise For Wallflower (Indie Music Blog)


"Terribly Good at The Funhouse"

"Terribly Good at The Funhouse...THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES are a cool power trio mix of alt rock, punk rock, and reggae-funk. They have shades of The Clash, complete with socio-political lyrics, but with flashier guitar playing. I saw them at Lupo's a few weeks ago and immediately became a fan. While there are strong songs on their latest CD Hope-nosis, their live show is where it's at.

Guitarist Dave Cahill is from Asbury, NJ and calls his style "gypsy prog rock", and that's a good a description as any for this unique band. Bassist Nate Powell and drummer Ryan Decker are both Easton residents and are excellent, as well.

Do yourself a favor and check out these guys on YouTube, Facebook and Myspace. Don't miss the interesting, pro-quality short films that go with several of their songs. See them this Saturday, Jan. 30 at The Funhouse in Bethlehem, and Feb 13 at Pearly Baker's in Easton."
- Blake Dannen (Blake's Picks) in Pulse Weekly, Jan. 27, 2010 - Blake Dannen (Blake's Picks) in Pulse Weekly


"Terrible Time"

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The Almighty Terribles rock. If you don’t believe us, tonight is as good a time as any to become a convert to the house of Terribles - Express Time / Lehigh Valley Live


"Meet the Band: The Almighty Terribles"

Residence: Frenchtown

Members: Dave Cahill (guitar, vocals), Ryan Decker (drums), Nathan Powell (bass)

Web site(s): thealmightyterribles.com, myspace.com/thealmightyterribles

Influences: The Terribles draw from a range of influences, from early ’90s alternative rock and grunge bands Soundgarden and Pearl Jam to guitar virtuosos Stevie Ray Vaughan and Django Reinhardt. Cahill also counts Tim Reynolds, Chris Whitley and Andy Waldeck among his influences.

“Those three have really been my main influences over the years, without them, I don't know where or who I would be,” Cahill says. “Vaughan and Reinhardt taught me a lot of technical stuff, however, Reynolds, Whitley and Waldeck and their music really shaped who I am as a musician, songwriter and person today.”

Sounds like: The band describes its sound as “junk rock” — a hybrid of up-tempo jamming with jazz and punk overtones.

“I definitely think we’re creating something new,” Powell says of the sound.

Though many of the band’s songs pertain to the political landscape, Powell says their lyrical pendulum doesn’t necessarily swing in one direction.

“I think liberals and conservatives can find common ground in our music.”

Set list: The band can be found turning heads with such originals as “Fight About It,” “About You,” “Gimme Gimme Gimme” and “That Thing That Swing.”

Know their roots: The initial Terribles lineup featured Cahill, his brother Rich on drums and Myke Tarlazzi on bass.

Rich Cahill left the group in 2007. Decker was brought on board in 2008 to round out the original Terribles incarnation (with Dave Cahill and Tarlazzi).

Powell — who also splits his time playing bass for the cover band Kevin Bacon and Eggs — replaced Tarlazzi this past August.

The Terribles released their first album, “Fascist to Ashes,” in 2007. The follow-up, “Hope-Nosis,” was released in August.

“We like to talk about anything we want. We’re not going to censor ourselves,” Cahill says.

The band also has carved out its own niche in local and regional music circuits — gaining fans in New York, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley using a grass-roots approach.

“We are the epitome of indie rock,” Cahill says. - Express Times


"Experience one of the most dynamic live acts in the region"

"Experience one of the most dynamic live acts in the region." - The Express Times - The Express Times


"Indie Music BLog"

"THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES' sophomore effort, Hope-nosis, is an intensely political statement suggesting that the gap between social reality and what's fed to the public are two very different things. Lead vocalist, David Cahill, whom we covered before, is undoubtedly very passionate about his often very varied and plentiful opinionated messages, which may deter your ability to listen. But, do understand that there can be pleasure in even a secular listen as the band explores genres including folk, gypsy, punk, and rock to varying lengths and with impressive control - especially the guitar work, which is not only very intricate, but quite obviously labored and loved. The Almighty Terribles have returned with what's very clearly a snapshot of a group that will never stop making music about things that really hit home. So, for a powerful, generally old-school punk influenced, and very raw record that will appeal to lovers of progressive-political-punk, look no further than Hope-nosis." - PrasieForWallflower.com


Discography


WE'RE NOT THE ONLY ONES 2011

Hope-nosis 2009

Fascists to Ashes 2008

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Bio

THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES are a unique and intensifying, 3 piece post-apocalyptic progressive rock band that pushes the boundaries through an array of compelling original songs dynamic sounds. Based out of Frenchtown, NJ. and The Lehigh Valley, PA., Front man Dave Cahill‘s blazing guitar work combined with his rhythmic and socially conscience lyrics, produce a passionate dimension of sound. Alongside the creative and concussive grooves of drummer, Ryan Decker, and the solid and melodic bass attack of Nathan Powell, THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES, have launched an unforgettable and driving original sound.

Their relentless schedule of recording and performing has resulted in the release of three albums (“FASCISTS TO ASHES“, “HOPE-NOSIS” & “WE’RE NOT THE ONLY ONES“), numerous tours and professional music videos, and contributions of original music to multiple film soundtracks. THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES have also already begun work on their fourth original studio album, to be released in 2013.

Through their explosive live performances the band has been breaking ground in the local spotlight, gaining critical acclaim from audiences of all demographics, and has garnered the attention of producer Brian Herman from SMT Studios in Manhattan, resulting in their latest offering “WE’RE NOT THE ONLY ONES“, released in August of 2011.

“WE’RE NOT THE ONLY ONES” is an electrifying concept album that combines a variety of musical genres such as rock, jazz, punk and experimentation into a mind expanding musical piece that asks a lot of big questions about the Universe and our place in it. Recorded with the help of producer, Brian Herman, this 13 track album is by far the band’s best and most ambitious effort thus far. The album is available for purchase in digital format on iTunes, and physical copies can be purchased at the lives shows and on www.thealmightyterribles.com.

THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES will be on tour for all of the 2012 year, performing a variety of shows in and around the tri-state area, including a performance in front of the film “Ghostbusters” for “The Soundtrack Comes Alive” series presented by ArtsQuest and the bands’ third performance at the 2012 MusikFest in Bethlehem, PA. on Sunday, August 12th at 3:30pm.

For more information on THE ALMIGHTY TERRIBLES and a complete live performance listing, as well as information on how to purchase the album, please visit www.thealmightyterribles.com.