“I never meant to say you were a thorn in either side,
It was a side effect from the scars on the forty-fives.
And as the vital mistakes, it reminds me of what we have,
Despite the things you do, you know I’m a fool for you…”
And so begins the delightfully mournful song “Change My Needs” by Scars on 45. I remember the first time I heard them play that song. It was in WEXT’s radio studios on November 11, 2010. We were missing a couple people at the time, Stuart Nichols (the bass player) was still at home in Bradford, England, and they hadn’t picked up the touring electric guitarist Matt Baxter yet.
Before I go any further, in the event that you don’t know who I am, I am the afternoon guy, the program director for WEXT (aka Exit 97.7). WEXT was the very first station in the country to play Scars on 45. The band has since gone on to play Red Rocks, and numerous other incredible venues; they’ve done sessions with Billboard Magazine, VH1 and even played on Jay Leno’s show. This is just to point out that there probably is a little bias in my accounting of their show at The Linda back on July 6. It was WEXT’s birthday (7/7/2007 was our first day) concert.
We’ve had Scars on 45 play in town before. We tend to find out that they’re going to be in the neighborhood of Albany at the last minute, and they always offer to play something. So, we’ve had them play a few house parties, they’ve played a very last minute show at Valentine’s, and this show at The Linda was drawn up from nothing within a week of July 6, as the band was traveling from Baltimore to
Prior to playing their opening slot for Ingrid Michaelson at The Egg, up-and-coming British pop-rock band Scars On 45 made a stop at The linda in Albany, treating a select crowd of WEXT-FM listeners to an intimate, five-song mini-concert, on-stage interview session and a meet ‘n’ greet opportunity with the band last Monday afternoon.
You may not recognize Scars On 45 by name, but you might by their music. They are one of many bands that have gotten their big break by having songs placed during key emotional scenes in popular TV shows. Their break came just as they were about to call it quits, when they were informed that “Beauty’s Running Wild” was to be featured in an episode of “CSI: New York.” The money earned from that placement led to continued recordings and song placements, being signed to Chop Shop/Atlantic Records and the release of their self-titled debut album last month – a super confection of 10 well-crafted, romantic pop songs with lyrical content, harmonies and melodies that stick in your head for hours after your first listen.
British alt-pop band Scars On 45 want to play a concert for you and your friends – at your house! That’s right, the fine folks at WEXT-FM are sponsoring a contest this week, and if you’re the lucky winner, Scars On 45 will play an acoustic show at your house on Tuesday, July 19.
How do you enter? Just go here, fill out the form and in the message field, just type in the reason why they should pick you and come to your house. Be creative. Deadline for entry is Friday.
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