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May 21, 2012  | by: Julia Cuozzo

Scars on 45 is a band on the rise

Straight from Leeds, England, Scars on 45 came to be after lead singer Danny Bemrose broke his foot, causing his professional soccer career to end prematurely. Devastated and uncertain, Bemrose picked up his father’s guitar and channeled his feelings and focus into learning how to play. Soon after, Bemrose befriended Stuart Nichols, another former soccer player from a rival team. Nichols learned how to play bass and the two spent the next few years perfecting their skills. Over time, they added the piano/keyboarding skills of David “Nova” Nowakowski to the mix.

The band's highly anticipated self-titled debut album is now available on iTunes

Fate played an interesting part when it came to the addition of Aimee Driver on vocals. Driver had been friends with Nova going back to their school days. Unaware of her hidden talent, he was pleasantly shocked to discover it during a visit.

“I just started singing along when Nova rushed in seeming really shocked,” Driver recalls. “I thought his dad had a heart attack or something! He made me stand there in his living room and sing to him – which was the scariest thing ever at the time. At first I wouldn’t do it, but he wouldn’t shut up so I just put my tea down, shut my eyes and sang…just to stop him pestering me. Danny recorded me on ‘Insecurity.’ The next thing I knew I was in the band. When I told my family and friends they were saying, ‘but you can’t sing, can you?’”

Before joining the band, Driver had never performed in public. Drummer Chris Durling came into the band making them a well-rounded quintet.

Their song, “Heart on Fire,” is featured on Grey’s Anatomy Soundtrack Volume 4, as well as their self-titled debut album, which is now available on iTunes and Amazon’s Artists on the Rise list. On March 3, 2012, they were featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

On May 17th, the band opened for Ingrid Michaelson at Terminal 5 in NYC as they had for the last few weeks of her US tour. The band seemed genuinely grateful for the opportunity to perform in New York, joking with the audience and making sure to interact with every person they encountered on their way out of the door. Their performance did not disappoint in the least as they managed to get the crowd hyped with their unique sound full of hauntingly beautiful melodies and the mesmerizing vocal harmonies that seamlessly flow out of Danny and Aimee’s souls.

Ingrid Michaelson and Scars on 45 wrap up the last show of Michaelson's US tour.

All of the biographical information (aside from the Terminal 5 details) was provided by Melinda Newman’s biography on the band’s website: www.scarsonfire.com

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