Scars On Broadway
Scars On Broadway released their self-titled debut containing the single "They Say," in the summer, '08. The System Of A Down offshoot featured singer/guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan. "I've tried at times to get away from the System sound with this record," offered Malakian. "But I didn't want to completely get away, because that's part of me."
In an earlier interview, Malakian said, "System Of A Down is not breaking up. We're just gonna do like KISS and put out our own solo records." Hopefully, with better results. Then again, it would be difficult to do worse. Solo KISS is not exactly the most inspiring template to follow.
During the same interview Malakian claimed he "could release ten solo records tomorrow. I have tons of material laying around." So why not give it a shot and stretch a bit? SOAD frontman Serj Tankian had already issued his debut solo album, "Elect The Dead" in '07.
Malakian recruited Dolmayan for Scars On Broadway. Rounding out the line-up were Franky Perez (guitar/backing vocals), Danny Shamoun (keyboards/percussion) and Dominic Cifarelli (bass) - the last to join.
Having members from an established band made it possible for Scars On Broadway to make their debut at an impressive L.A. venue - the Whisky A Go Go on Sunset Blvd. They played additional L.A./SoCal shows working toward an album release party performance at Union Station in downtown L.A. just a day before the set was issued (but days after the album had been leaked online).
2008 Scars On Broadway
The Speed Metal of "Exploding/Reloading" or the potent "Chemicals" are not surprising considering the source from which Scars On Broadway originated. However, their debut does surprise. "Funny," with its electronic embellishments, is essentially an entertaining Surf-Rock romp. "3005," a power ballad with "resurrection junkies" actually has teeth. Handling a ballad is always a good sign, though there are a couple others that are dreary and disconnected.
"Scars On Broadway" has to be measured on the uptempo material. They get it done with "Kill Each Other/Live Forever," "World Long Gone," "Cute Machines," "Enemy" and "They Say," a great F-the world song. "Insane" has Malakian's adrift vocals over an incessant guitar line that sets up an incendiary chorus. It's the album's killer track.