Terrible Sons

Terrible Sons is the moniker for husband/wife duoMatthew andLauren Barus, who work and live with their two children in an intentional community near Christchurch, NZ. While the music they’ve made  in  the  past  has reflected  the  intimate  and  bucolic  warmth  that  wraps  around  their  family, Terrible Sons has never shied away from revealing the more vulnerable feelings that define us all: heartbreak, loneliness, exhaustion. 

It’s clear from the start that an evolution has taken place with their new EP Mass. From taking cues from folk tradition by singing their own version of a protest song to involving each other in their writing processes early on, Mass establishes a stronger connection between Terrible Sons and the world at large, while also signifying a  more  cohesive  sound  thanks  to  their  more  connected  writing partnership.ProducerTom  Healy (Tiny  Ruins) took  the  organic,  analog,  and  acoustic  sounds Terrible  Sons  are  known  for,  and  warped  them  to  a  perfect  degree  of  idiosyncrasy —harmonies were played in reverse and stacked, brass and organ made appearances, and layers of percussion were added for a louder, more dynamic rhythmic texture. 

Mass was made in true collaborative spirit, between friends and family, and it comes at a time when collectivity has never been more relevant. At its core, Mass is about resilience, about making your voice heard, even if it seems the world isn’t listening.