In 2008 and 2009, Coatesville, Pa., was victim of bizarre, cruel trauma. Within that period, the small town with a population of about 10,000 was subject to some 44 arsons within its city limits. Fred Mascherino was captivated by the drama unfolding in his hometown. He began writing songs about the arsons and became "pretty much obsessed" with the saga. The resulting work would be collected on 'Terrible Things,' last August's debut from Mascherino's new band of the same.