Scars on 45 / Broken Anchor

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Monday / July 14, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States

Making music was the furthest thing from Scars on 45 co-founder Danny Bemrose's mind until the professional soccer player from England's Huddersfield Town football club broke his foot at 21 and his world came crashing down. “I was in limbo, without knowing what to do with myself,” he says. Bemrose put down the soccer ball and picked up his father’s guitar. 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. The group’s self-titled debut includes the gracefully propulsive “Heart on Fire,” on which Danny and fellow lead vocalist Aimee Driver play out a couple’s anguished conversation.

Watch the music video for Scars on 45's "Heart on Fire" here:

Atmospheric, retro-influenced pop/rock band Broken Anchor evolved through a collaboration between singer/songwriter Austin Hartley-Leonard and producer Brad Gordon. After honing his craft as a solo artist with songs featured on TV shows such as “Private Practice,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Burn Notice,” and "The Jersey Shore,” Hartley-Leonard originally imagined Broken Anchor as a studio project. Yet, with time, Hartley-Leonard and Gordon soon saw the songs take on a life of their own and released the acclaimed Fresh Lemonade album in 2013.

Broken Anchor is now touring throughout the U.S. and expects to release a new EP in the fall of 2014.