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April 14, 2012 / jhsaeger

Scars on 45 Make Full-Length Debut

When Long After Dark first happened upon Scars on 45 in January, I thought that there was something to this U.K. quintet in the little snippets I had stumbled onto in my internet travels. This week, the band was finally able to deliver their first proper album, a ten-track eponymous record filled with the best material from those snippets and terrific new work that transforms Scars On 45 into a more pop-savvy band than we had seen previously.
The album represents the culmination of a long journey for the indie band, whose sound is based on the beautiful melodies produced from the interplay of vocalists Danny Bremrose and Aimee Driver. Four of the ten songs which made the cut for Scars on 45 were holdovers from a pair of EP’s released in 2011. The best of those selections were the tracks “Heart On Fire” and “Give Me Something,” two songs that the band essentially built their burgeoning fan base around last year.
Of the new music to be incorporated into Scars on 45, the lead track “Warning Sign” may be the best of the lot. The driving rhythms of drummer Chris Durling throughout the song help to hook the listener into the record, but most importantly represent a more uptempo approach that has not previously been displayed by the band. Other tracks of note on Scars on 45 are “Breakdown” and the very mellow “Change My Needs.”
The initial comparison for Scars on 45 is that they blend elements of the bands Coldplay and Of Monsters and Men into their own unique sound, but are perhaps closest to being a more uptempo Swell Season. While Long After Dark typically shys away from the piano-driven rock of many alternative bands, I do think that there is something very exciting about this group.  
Scars on45 is available as both digital download and CD, as well as a 14-track deluxe edition. Scars on 45 are currently in the middle stages of a North American tour as headliners. On May 1, they will begin a brief tour as an opener for Ingrid Michaelson in Austin, Texas. 


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