Scars On 45

Scars On 45 (10:00 PM)

Y Luv (9:15 PM)

Moneybrother (8:30 PM)

Mon, March 5, 2012

8:00 pm

$0.00 - $12.00

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Scars On 45 - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Scars On 45
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."
On album opener, the piano-driven, pulsing "Warning Sign," Danny and Aimee's voices weave around each other to create a spellbinding story about trying to fix "the hole inside they will never see." Crunchy guitar riffs lure the listener into "Don't Say," as Danny pleads with a lover not to say "it won't get better." On the stripped bare "Change My Needs," Aimee quietly, but with heartbreaking resignation, wishes she could ask for less, but simply can't.
But all of that's getting ahead of the story. After teaching himself guitar, Danny and one of his football buddies, bassist Stu Nichols, began playing together in various bands. "We were awful," Danny laughs, but "we were always passionate about it and had this belief that we'd probably make it some day."
Soon keyboardist David "Nova" Nowakowski joined the pair and the trio began recording demos and playing live around Leeds. This is where Oasis' Noel Gallagher and country legend Emmylou Harris come in. "A friend of ours who was drumming for Noel asked us if we wanted to meet him," Danny recalls. "He said, 'This is Danny and Stu - they're in a band.' Noel said, 'What's your band's name?' and we said, 'We don't really have one.' Noel said, 'A band without a name? What kind of fucking band is that?' and walked off."
Indeed. On search for a name, the nascent group ultimately picked Scars on 45, taken from a radio interview that Danny heard with Harris, in which she recalled her father telling her as a young girl that she better not get any "scars on his 45s" as she played them.
The trio became the axis of the band, with other members coming and going. "We must have been through at least 500 members," Danny says. And then, amid the revolving door, the second serendipitous event occurred that firmly set Scars on 45 on its path. Danny wrote a song that required a female voice. Out of the blue, Nova heard his friend Aimee singing along with the radio to The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love." Although she wasn't a performer and had never sung in public, he was struck by her innocent, sweet voice. She ultimately, joined the band, ditching plans for a two-year trip around the world.
"I just started singing along when Nova rushed in seeming really shocked," Aimee recalls. "I thought his dad had a heart attack or something! He made me stand there in his living room and sing another song 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 'Rhiannon' by Fleetwood Mac just to stop him pestering me. Danny recorded me on one of the songs and it just seemed to work. 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?'"
Then began a series of joys, heartbreaks and near misses. The band, now expanded to a quintet with the addition of Chris on drums, placed songs on A&E's since-cancelled series, "The Cleaner," and came close to signing a record deal only to see it fall apart at the last moment. Then came the moment they had been waiting for: "CSI: New York" selected the group's song, "Beauty's Running Wild," for an extended closing scene. The music caught the attention of noted music supervisor, Alexandra Patsavas, who signed the band to her Atlantic Records-distributed label, Chop Shop Records.
The band recorded the self-produced "Scars on 45" on their own, first starting in "Fawlty Towers," as Danny and Stu called their crumbling apartment, and then moving to the basement of a church that a friend has purchased to convert into apartments. "He let the congregation live there for awhile, so there was this little rock and roll band recording in the basement and we had a lot of praying going on next door," Danny recalls. "They were lovely people."
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."
Y Luv - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Y Luv
Since forming, Y LUV has racked up some impressive tour stats playing alongside Capital Cities, Tokyo Police Club, Penguin Prison, The Knocks, and Robert DeLong among others. In 2012, the band was selected by fellow Voodoo performer AWOLNATION to perform live on the main stage at the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans which led to playing non-stop in 2013 with highlights including Glastonbury and Bonnaroo.

Bringing a unique sound that's been compared to U2 and Kings of Leon with a psychedelic touch, the unsigned indie outfit has accumulated over 460,000 Spotify plays on their latest single, "Driftin".
Moneybrother - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Moneybrother
MONEYBROTHER walked straight in to peoples hearts with his gold selling, Grammy awarded, striking debut album "Blood Panic" in 2003. Back again to fill us with his smooth soul, rock, punk and pop songs, this time around with even stronger tunes on his conscience. The new album "TO DIE ALONE" kicks off with the first single/video track "THEY'RE BUILDING WALLS AROUND US". With its seductive string melodies and danceable sound it will leave you totally swept away. Musically 2005 could not have started better, more beautiful or catchier than this.

The first saplings stretch towards the light, the girls get rosy cheeks and spring gets into the trees, hearts and your pants - the second Moneybrother album "To Die Alone" doesn't suit this cheesy cliché at all. And yet spring still is an appropriate release date: Everybody's disposed to something exciting. And now you get some great expectations, great emotions, and great gestures.

Originally of punkrock fame for his vocals in Monster, in 2003 Anders Wendin took a new direction with his solo project Moneybrother: This is where he creates his custom soul orientated blend of all the music styles he likes to listen to, making moods and details from genres like reggae, rock'n'roll or even disco subliminally swing underneath. The debut "Blood Panic" has yet made success follow him around: From a Swedish Grammy to a sold-out German tour you'll find enough reasons for great expectations concerning the second record. Meanwhile, the musician aims at his very own goals.

As you can hear, during the time between the two albums Moneybrother has developed an obsession of string arrangements. This has almost led him to overshooting the mark - he decided to rather withhold some of the songs though they had already been recorded. "All these components must be put together in the right way; you need so much for it to sound absolutely right. There are a few moments on this record that sound exactly how I wanted it. More often than on the last record." The Swede obviously struggles hard to get close to his musical ideal. Thus, "To Die Alone" was meant to be more dramatic than the debut. Moneybrother had the possibility to act out for this demand in the most passionate way:
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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