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Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway
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Band founder, vocalist and guitarist Daron Malakian in 2011
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, US
Genres
Years active 2006–2009, 2010–2012, 2018–present
Labels Interscope[1]
Associated acts System of a Down, Amen, Axis of Justice, Viza, The Chronicles of Israfel, Hella, Pulse Ultra, Scum, Team Sleep, DKFXP
Website www.scarsonbroadway.com
Members
Past members Dominic Cifarelli
John Dolmayan
Jules Pampena
Franky Perez
Danny Shamoun

Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway (previously known as just Scars on Broadway) is an American rock band, founded by System of a Down member Daron Malakian. The band's eponymous debut album was released on July 29, 2008.

In late 2008, the band entered a hiatus, with Malakian citing a lack of enthusiasm and "his heart not being into touring", as the primary reasons for the band's cessation. Despite reforming with various line-up changes in 2010 and 2012, and announcing a second album, the band ceased any further announcements by 2013. In April 2018 Malakian announced that the band will be releasing their second album titled Dictator on July 20, 2018.

History

Self-titled debut album (2005–2008)

In December 2005, Malakian stated in an interview that he "could release ten solo records tomorrow."[2] He revealed that he has "tons of material laying around", as well as his plans for the future: "After these albums, – (Mezmerize and Hypnotize) – I'm gonna go off and do something on my own, just like Serj."[2] Following System of a Down's hiatus in May 2006, Malakian announced his latest project — Scars on Broadway — a band which would include System of a Down drummer, John Dolmayan and himself.[3][4][5] Malakian stated "I haven't decided if I'm going to make it a revolving door of musicians or one solid band but it all revolves around my writing."[6]

After Malakian and Dolmayan experimented with different musicians, for a period of nine months in 2007 the band took form and forged its sound in intense rehearsals and recording sessions under Malakian’s direction, at his home studio and Sunset Sound; with musicians Danny Shamoun on keyboards, Dominic Cifarelli on bass, and Franky Perez on guitar and backing vocals. The band begin recording their debut album in September 2007.[7]

The band's website featured a countdown timer, counting down to 15:00 PST of March 28, 2008. Additionally, above the timer, in quotation marks was the phrase "They say it's all about to end." When the countdown ended, the song "They Say", was made available on the site and their Myspace account.[8]

Scars on Broadway played their first live show April 11, 2008 at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA.[9] They also played with Metallica at KFMA Day 2008 in Tucson, AZ.[10] On January 22, 2008 Scars on Broadway were announced to be performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 26, 2008.[11] They also performed at the sixteenth annual KROQ Weenie Roast.[12]

On May 2, 2008, announced that their debut album, Scars on Broadway, would be released on the July 28, 2008.[13][14] A week later, the band was signed to Interscope Records.[15] The first single would be the aforementioned "They Say", which would receive radio airplay, and be made available on Guitar Hero 5 and as a downloadable track on Rock Band.[16][17][18] The music video for the track was released on June 27.[19]

Former drummer John Dolmayan

In July, the band announced a headlining tour set for October 2008.[20] Scars on Broadway was released on July 28, 2008 to generally favorable reviews and debuted at no 17. on the Billboard charts.[21][22] A second single, "World Long Gone", was released on September 8, featured a music video directed by filmmaker Joel Schumacher.[23][24]

Hiatus, reformation, and second hiatus (2008–2018)

In late 2008, Malakian announced that the headlining tour to promote the album's release, which included an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, would be cancelled with no plans of rescheduling.[25] Malakian cited personal reasons as the reason behind the cancellations.[26] Malakian later cited burn out of touring as an additional factor behind the cancellations. Interviews with both Cifarelli and Dolmayan suggested that the band was finished.[27][28] When asked later in May 2009 if the band would ever record or perform again, drummer John Dolmayan stated: "I’m not sure, but I do miss it."[29]

In August 2009, Dolmayan, Perez, Shamoun, and Cifarelli as Scars on Broadway traveled to Iraq for a USO tour across the US army bases, without Malakian.[30][31] Their setlist consisted of covers as well as a few Scars on Broadway songs. Perez stated on his Twitter that "the Scars tunes sound amazing but they're not the same without D..."[32] On October 31, 2009, Malakian performed with Perez, Dolmayan, and System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian for Odadjian's Halloween party at Roxie Theater[33] The group performed a System of a Down song ("Suite-Pee"), a Scars on Broadway song ("They Say") as well as an untitled song.

On April 10, 2010, the band announced their return show.[34] On May 2, Scars on Broadway played a sold out show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood.[35] The band performed all of the songs off their first album (except for Kill Each Other / Live Forever), as well as a new song "Talkin' Shit." They also played a cover song "Forever My Queen" by the band Pentagram. System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian accompanied and played 3rd guitar for "Cute Machines" and "They Say."

On July 29, 2010, a new song titled "Fucking" was released on Soundcloud, using a special feature where users had to share the song on social media to unlock the download.[36] On August 20, 2010, Scars on Broadway, played a sold out show at the Avalon in Hollywood.[37] The first 500 people in line at the concert received a free copy of the single on vinyl.[38] A music video for "Fucking" was later released in March 2011, using footage from the concert.[39]

In February 2012 a preview of a new song called "Guns Are Loaded" was released.[40] In August, Dolmayan announced his departure, but stated the album was still scheduled for release "in the next 3 to 4 months".[41][42] In September 2012, an accompanying EP was announced to come out around the release of their second album as well. The band also performed at the Epicenter Festival in Irvine, Ca. with new drummer Jules Pampena.[43][44] However, Perez was not present, and later confirmed he had left the band as well.[45] Malakian later talked about the upcoming album in November 2012, mentioning new songs "Dictator", "Till The End" and "Fuck N Kill".[46] Malakian also noted he will perform the entirety of the new album by himself.[47]

Despite plans for an untitled album to be out early 2013 mentioned at live shows, no new information regarding the album was given until 2018.

Dictator (2018–present)

On April 16th, 2018, Malakian announced the lead single from the second album will be released on April 23rd.[48] The band has been re-branded as “Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway”.[49] Regarding the change, Malakian stated, "Nobody quit [the band]. When I first started Scars, I always said that it would be different line-ups from album to album. Depends on the type of direction I want to take. Different musicians work for different styles. That is partly why I added my name in front of the band’s.”[50] On April 23, 2018, Malakian released the official video of the song "Lives", also releasing the release date of the band's second album, titled Dictator, on July 20, 2018.[49] The song is meant to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and celebrate its survivors.[49]

The album was recorded in 2012, with Malakian explaining the delay by saying "Not knowing what's happening with System has kept me from putting my own stuff out. Too much time has passed, and I'm really excited to finally get some music out finally."[51] Malakian stated that the new album could have been System of a Down music, however members of the band couldn't agree on musical direction.[52] Malakian also confirmed that "Gie mou", a song originally sung by Stamatis Kokotas, will be in the album.[53] Additionally, he revealed that he is working with a full band for the band's third release, scheduled to begin recording in August.[52]

Musical style

From its early days, Daron Malakian always addressed the project as just rock, and "a lot more rock driven, although there will be some metal influences in the System of a Down style".[54] Malakian stated "I think a System fan will be able to relate to the music, but there's a few different directions I want to take, whether it be a little bit more ethnic or sometimes electronic."[55] In a later interview, Malakian stated that the music would be influenced by classic rock acts such as David Bowie, Brian Eno, Neil Young, and Roxy Music.[56] He also stated that he shifted his songwriting from System of a Down's "frazzled metal" to more song-based work, which was inspired by Neil Young and David Bowie.[5] "I don't feel we're the mosh-pit band," says Malakian. "That's just where I'm comfortable as a writer right now," he said, hinting at the band's rock over metal music approach.[57] He also stated his intentions for the band to "have their own identity" from System of a Down, while still maintaining the same "thematic and sonic territory".[58]

The "Lives" music video featured guitarist Orbel Babayan, bassist Niko Chantziantoniou, and drummer Roman Lomtadze, and they later performed live with the band.[59]

Band members

Current
  • Daron Malakian — vocals, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, (2006–2008, 2010-present) drums (2012–present)
Touring members
  • Orbel Babayan - guitar, backing vocals, sampler (2018-present)
  • Niko Chantziantoniou - bass (2018-present)
  • Roman Lomtadze - drums (2018-present) [60]
Former
  • John Dolmayan — drums, percussion (2006–2009, 2010–2012)
  • Franky Perez — guitar, vocals (2008–2009, 2010)
  • Danny Shamoun — keyboards, piano, percussion (2008–2009, 2010–2012)
Former touring members
  • Dominic Cifarelli — bass guitar, backing vocals (The Chronicles of Israfel, ex-Pulse Ultra) (2008–2009, 2010–2012)
  • Jules Pampena — drums, percussion (2012)

Timeline

Discography

Studio albums
Year Album details Peak chart positions
US AUS CAN FIN FRA GER NLD NZL SWE SWI UK
2008 Scars on Broadway 17 43 11 14 88 23 83 54 26 58 41
2018 Dictator
  • Released: July 20, 2018
  • Label: Scarred for Life
  • Format: LP, digital download
54
Singles
Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US
Alt
US
Main.
CAN
Rock
UK
Rock
2008 "They Say" 15 25 42 4 Scars on Broadway
"World Long Gone" 88
2010 "Fucking" non-album single
2018 "Lives" Dictator
"Dictator"
"Guns Are Loaded"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.
Music videos
Year Title Director(s)
2008 "They Say" Paul Minor
"World Long Gone"[61] Joel Schumacher[62]
2011 "Fucking" Greg Watermann
2018 "Lives" Hayk Matevosyan

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External links

  • Official website
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