Scars on 45

VH1's "You Oughta Know Artist" Scars on 45 sang "Heart on Fire" and "Give Me Something" from their EP "Heart on Fire."

Danny Bemrose (vocals/guitar)

Stuart Nichols (bass)

David “Nova” Nowakowski (keyboards)

Aimee Driver (vocals)

Chris Durling (drums)


Making music was the furthest thing from Scars on 45 co-founder Danny Bemrose’s mind until the professional soccer player for England’s Huddersfield Town F.C. broke his foot at 21 and his world came crashing down. “I was in limbo, without knowing what to do with myself,” he says. It wasn’t the first time that fate would intervene in the band’s formation.

Danny put down the soccer ball and picked up for his father’s guitar.  “I’m quite an obsessive person. I became kind of addicted,” he says.  “I used to lock myself away to write songs and record on four-track recorder.”

Those early years led to creation of Scars on 45, a quintet from Leeds, England, that combines the gentle melodic intensity of Snow Patrol or Keane with the added allure of co-ed vocals. Tension, often propelled by drummer Chris Durling’s insistent beat, builds throughout the songs as the emotional ante rises. Hearts are broken and seldom rendered whole again before new wounds pierce through.

Highlights on the group’s self-titled, 10-song debut include the gracefully propulsive “Heart on Fire,” on which Danny and fellow lead vocalist Aimee Driver play out a couple’s anguished conversation. “That song came out of nothing,” Danny says. “It just seemed to pour straight out. I must have sung it 4,000 times and it feels fresh every time I sing it. I’m sure one day, I’ll fully understand it.”

On the lilting, yet melancholic, “Give Me Something,” Danny, his voice vulnerable and aching, searches for some sign--any sign--that there’s a reason to believe in a lasting love. “Everyone’s been in that situation of wanting someone and it not being reciprocated,” he says. “It just rules your entire life.”

Although enjoyable, the studio is “the work part,” Danny says whereas the real fun comes in playing live.  “Just to be able to put yourself out there and let people know who you are is wonderful,” he continues. “What I write about is who I am really. When people listen and react to one of your songs, there’s no better feeling.”
 

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