Terrible as the Dawn began as the collaboration between two frustrated biologists, Stephen (drums, vocals) and Caroline Fukuchi (guitar, vocals). Both in the midst of personal strife, the two quickly became fully engrossed in their music after discovering their shared musical interests and uncannily similar worldviews. With both possessing broad musical backgrounds, the pair referred to their longstanding passion for hardcore and metal in creating the musical vision for Terrible as the Dawn to capture the emotional intensity and urgency that is fundamental to their personalities. Initially formed as a straightforward punk band, Stephen and Fukuchi’s strong compatibility and creative ambition quickly drove them to develop a unified musical vision incorporating elements of grindcore, post-metal, and indie rock. Their sound provides the foundation upon which the pair explore the intense emotional extremes and social discomfort underlying each of their lives.
Terrible as the Dawn’s music combines heavy, intricate guitar work, crushing blast beats and screeching vocals with a sense of melody, structure and texture that recalls 90’s indie rock. The sound they’ve cultivated references the heaviness of Botch, the frantic intensity of Circle Takes the Square, and the swirling, immersive guitar sounds of My Bloody Valentine. This gives a fitting backdrop for Fukuchi’s lyrics, which focus on themes of conflict, desperation, and guilt. Firmly believing that these feelings are universal but often left unconfronted, Terrible as the Dawn’s music begs listeners to connect with these feelings and the empowerment that stems from their recognition.
released August 19, 2016
Caroline Fukuchi -- Vocals and Guitar
Stephen -- Vocals and Drums
Recorded and Mixed by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, IL.
Mastered by Brad Boatright at AudioSiege in Portland, OR.
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