Music Review: Scars on 45

Written by Samala on March 31, 2014
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Scars on 45 play The Hult

Those who’ve had the pleasure to experience alternative rock band “Scars on 45″ perform live know this is a band that’s usually hard to sit down for.  Fans did just that Sunday evening at a live, intimate venue, a tucked-away performance hall located at Eugene’s Hult Center. They opened with their usual beautiful harmonies, singing the new and reflective “Only a Game” before an appreciative crowd — attentive and enthusiastic fans of all ages responded with hearty applause throughout their short setlist. Most of Scars on 45’s songs follow a similar sound and feel, showcasing a solid, comfortable setup of guitars, keyboards and drums, and lovely, plaintive harmonies by Danny Bemrose and Aimee Driver.

About Scars on 45

The 5-member band from Huddersfield, England, consists of Danny Bemrose (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Aimee Driver (vocals), David “Nova” Nowankowski (keyboards, backing vocals), Chris Durling (drums, percussion) and Stuart Nichols (bass guitar) – who was missing in action Sunday night. If you’re wondering where the band gets its name, there’s an interesting story behind it that was shared at the show: singer Bemrose once heard an Emmylou Harris interview in which she recounted getting scolded for scratching up her father’s records, and getting “scars on his 45’s.” Ever the relentless road warriors, most recently the band has toured for 5 weeks to promote their newest E.P. and raise money for their soon-to-be-released second album. The Hult Center in Eugene, as it turns out, was a last-minute stop along the road. “We’ve just finished recording our second album,” said Bemrose, “and it’s ready to be mixed.” Other highlights of the early-evening concert? “Beauty’s Running Wild,” and several new tracks, including “Every Tear on Your Lips” and “Crazy for You.”

Beauty’s Running Wild

Other exceptional performances included “Breakdown” and “Give Me Something,” both off their “Scars on 45″ CD debut.


After years of touring (KINK-sters may remember seeing them perform a fantastic live show at the Aladdin in 2011), the band has lost their contract with Atlantic Records. Luckily, like most talented, star-worthy musicians, they recognize their potential and remain true to their fans. You can donate to help them raise money for the production of their second album here . They also have four new tracks available to download on their website, at . The new songs can be purchased in a bundle with a superb set of high-quality earbuds – most excellent for the music lovers in our lives. You can also find much of their music available for purchase on iTunes .

Upcoming tour dates: watch for them at the Waterfront Upcoming tour stops include an April 2 appearance in Napa, CA., and shows in Chicago, Minneapolis and the U.K. They’ll be performing Sunday, May 25, at KINK on the Waterfront. Don’t miss it. ___________________________________________________________________________________

Cynthia Orlando is a music enthusiast who has been writing about Indie, pop, Americana and rock musicians and concerts for more than seven years.  

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