Interview: Scars on 45 Talks "Give Me Something"
Mon, 11 Jul 2011 10:00:20
"We're all big movie fans," says Scars on 45's Danny Bemrose [Vocals, Guitar].
Given the band's penchant for cinematically vivid indie alternative, their love for movies doesn't come as a shock. With the exquisite interplay between Bemrose and co-vocalist Aimee Driver, the group's EP Give Me Something comes off as hauntingly hypnotic at all the right moments. Scars on 45 give listeners an undeniable and unique collection of sonic stories.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino, Scars on 45 mainman Danny Bemrose spoke about Give Me Something, his favorite bands, and so much more.
Was the one vision for Give Me Something?
Every song comes individually. There was no plan as to what the EP should sound like. We cut a bunch of songs for the album and recorded them. The only song we actually did specifically with the EP in mind was the acoustic version of "Don't Say". When I grew up, I always listened to bands like Oasis who had acoustic versions of album tracks on their B-sides. It's something we all really liked. Every time we release an EP, we'll always try and do an acoustic version of a full band track.
Do you write the songs acoustically first?
Everything starts on an acoustic guitar. We try to have the best song we can before we add anything more. It all starts off with the piano and acoustic guitar. If it sounds good acoustic and the band digs it, we'll all work on it together. If a song doesn’t sound good acoustic, it’s probably not worth it. We learned how to do it that way.
What's the story behind "Loudest Alarm"?
Our current band has been together for about three years. We’ve known each other for a while though. We did everything that we possibly could in England to get signed and have a career, but it just didn't seem to work. Where we come from, there were all of these bands getting signed and doing really. However, to me, they seemed really fake, and I knew they were fake. They'd put an image across with their band because it was deemed "cool" or it was what NME wanted them to say. They were talking about things they didn't really know much about. The song concerns that. It's me sticking the middle finger up at a people who are really fake. I’ve changed my opinion a little bit, but I do think a lot of bands say things in interviews to draw attention to themselves that aren't necessary. They say it to sell records. We believe you just have to be yourself. We try to be nice to people. We're under no illusion that we're doing anything groundbreaking or pushing the boundaries in regards to our music. We're just writing songs, playing in a band, and doing what we enjoy. Hopefully, people like them! However, we're not going to try to sell records or draw attention to ourselves by saying something we don’t know anything about.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
There's not really a lot to do where we come from. Relationships are a big part of people's lives. We simply write about things that we know. I've always been a believer that everyone should be able to understand lyrics. I'm not a big fan of lyrics that take years to figure out.
Which bands do you always come back to?
We listen to everything! We listen to any good songs, whether it’s a heavy rock song, pop song, country song, or R&B song. If it’s got a catchy melody and you can sing along to it, we love it. Fleetwood Mac's a big one for us, especially in the sense that they have male and female vocals. Their songwriting is incredible. The whole story about Fleetwood Mac is exceptional. It's something that had never been done before. In England, every newborn child is issued a Beatles album when they're born [Laughs]. We got into The Beatles from an early age. As you get older, you discover The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel. It's a very wide spectrum of anyone who can write good songs.
Have you heard Scars on 45 yet?