Terrible Sons is a husband and wife duo, Lauren and Matt Barus, who reside in a small intentional community in Ōtautahi, Christchurch with their two children. Their music draws inspiration from their local neighbourhood and explores universal human experiences of exhaustion, heartbreak, and loneliness. Terrible Sons has gained a significant following, surpassing the listenership of many other New Zealand bands.
The Barus' have been creating and releasing music quietly for years, prioritising their responsibilities as parents. Their unique sound sets them apart from other musicians in the area, with lyrics and melodies heavily influenced by their community and its people. Their approach of creating personal and relatable music has garnered them a dedicated fan base. As their children have grown older, the Barus' have started performing intimate shows across New Zealand. Terrible Sons' music is a testament to the power of honest and heartfelt music, and their impact is sure to continue to grow.