The Most Terrifying Thing

The Most Terrifying Thing


"The Most Terrifying Thing have made a serious case for their share of the spotlight. Their music is full of dark delights, with depth and fragile emotions, backed up by that rarest of things - genuine quality." - Kerrang


It’s one of the most famous cities in the world but for all its rock n’ roll glamour, the real Liverpool, England is a rough place to grow up. Especially, if you happen to be different.

Take the case of one Christopher Price, AKA Pricey, frontman for one of the city’s best new rock bands, The Most Terrifying Thing. His rearing in the eighties and nineties, in a borough heavily populated by football hooligans meant that as a young, budding musician, Pricey had to learn quite a lot about the art of ducking punches. “It’s a bit hard when you haven’t got a skinhead and tracksuit,” he shrugs at the recollection. “You literally are the only person walking around with long hair, a checked shirt and Doc Martins for four miles of your house.”

He could have easily given in to beat-down peer pressure, shaved off his raven-haired locks and bought the uniform of athletic attire. The songs though – from Fugazi, The Melvins, Nirvana and the Pixies that peppered his early years thanks to three older brothers wouldn’t leave his bruised head. At a time when the North of England was consumed by dance music and Britpop, these alt-rock bands from America were just about the only thing that made him feel like he fit in, even if where he fit in was 5,000 miles away.

After stints in several combos, which didn’t really work out, Pricey found three kindred spirits in guitarist David Masson, bassist Glenn Noble and drummer Paul Champion. Bonding over a love of American music and sharing tips about how to avoid thug beatings, the four piece started on their way, writing charging, proggy rock stormers and branding themselves Audioslave. Yes, Audioslave.

It was 2001 and the real Audioslave, Pricey’s Audioslave, were gigging around Britain, slogging it out alongside an early Muse and a host of other bands that haven’t been so lucky. One day though, Pricey and the boys started noticing strange posts on their website message board. Soundgarden were defunct and fans were posting that Chris Cornell had started a new outfit that was going by the same name as his own.

At first, the boys thought it was a joke. Then, when their then manager called them during a trip to London, they thought it was a joke again. “I was down visiting my brother and our manager called saying ‘Are you trying to set us up? ‘ I’ve just had some kick ass L.A. lawyer on the phone trying to buy the name off us for Chris Cornell’s new band.”

Everyone thought they were being duped until the LA lawyer started sounding a little too real and offers started getting upped. Originally a deal was reached to share the name, but the Liverpool boys figured it would be too hard to compete with a supergroup so they took one last punch in the form of a fancy, signed check and relinquished the name. Lucky for the nameless outfit, Pricey had a particularly inspiring tune at hand.

“I wrote a song called ‘The Most Terrifying Thing.’ It was about me doing things to excess, far too much. I used the words ‘the most terrifying thing’ to mean you don’t realize you’re stuck, until you’re stuck,” he explains. “And then we just thought, that’s a good name for a band.”

Fast forward to 2005. Following years spent slogging it out on thankless tours, the combo finally hit the studio, recording their debut album ‘Victoriana,’ which was released earlier this year. So far cuts from the eleven tracker have made fans of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson who played a few on his BBC 6Music rock show. XFM in London have also picked up on the dark, prog heavy riffs and clever observations on finding hope from a life stuck in the doldrums.

Their next step of course, is America. Plans are in the works for The Most Terrifying Things first US trek for mid 2007. As you can probably imagine, Pricey, can’t wait. “I grew up on American bands,” he reminds us. “I’ve always felt something in common with what they were writing about and I really feel like that’s where we belong.”

Victoriana tracklisting:

1 - Programmed
2 - Pop Song
3 - Silent Type
4 - Pain & Problematics
5 - Tiamo
6 - Always In The Way
7 - 80's Love affair
8 - Enemy In Me
9 - The Pianist
10 - Things Always Change
11 - Blackpool


Available on Seeca:

Victoriana (30.01.2006)

Things Always Change (16.01.2006)
The Pianist (03.10.2005)
Pop Song (11.07.2005)
80's Love Affair (11.04.05)