Steamboat Springs Danny Bemrose always has an acoustic guitar within his reach. And thankfully, that was true even before he learned how to play it as a 21-year-old injured soccer player aching for a new infatuation.
The simple, poignant chords from a few Oasis songs showed him it was possible to take the hobby a few steps further, and the five members that slowly have assembled to form Scars on 45 made it happen.
Once an aspiring soccer star in Northern England and now the guitarist and vocalist for a major-label band, Bemrose still keeps his sights as humble as the delicate piano lines and supple harmonies of Scars on 45’s folk-pop songs.
“We’re not pushing the boundaries, we’re not doing anything that’s never been done before,” he said in an interview this week with Explore Steamboat. “We’re just a band playing songs we like, and that’s it really. That’s all you can do as a band is play songs you’d listen to if you were listening.”
The British indie rock band will appear Friday night at Old Town Pub for a free show.
The event will serve as a locals appreciation party for radio station KFMU, as well as act as a fundraiser for Routt County Riders, a local bicycle nonprofit.
There will be prize drawings from Moots, Honey Stinger and Kent Eriksen Cycles with the grand prize of a Fat Tire cruiser bike. Three drawing tickets cost $5 and eight tickets will be $10. There is no cover to get in, and the band will start at about 9 p.m.
Scars on 45’s hit songs “Heart on Fire” and “Give Me Something” have seen mainstream radio play here in Steamboat Springs and across the country. The band appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in early March and has had songs on TV show soundtracks such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI: New York.”
Bemrose said there’s no getting used to hearing their songs come through the TV speakers.
“You’ve recorded a song, and you’ve heard it a million times before, and you’ve already got that emotion from playing it live or listening it back in the studio speakers,” he said. “You don’t think anything could breathe new life into it. But when you watch a TV show, and you’re invested in the storyline and your song comes over, it’s a different league.”
Scars on 45 comprises Bemrose, Aimee Driver on vocals, Stuart Nichols on bass guitar, David “Nova” Nowakowski on keyboard and vocals and Chris Durling on percussion.
When they first got together, the band members didn’t have the money to move south to London and gig their hearts out. So they used a few simple recording tools to make music in Bradford, Yorkshire — mostly for friends and family, Bemrose said — leading to their discovery by Chop Shop Records, a faction of Atlantic Records.
Their first real gig as a band was a showcase at South by Southwest just more than a year ago. Bemrose said there were some slight nerves as they were thrown into the deep end, but the live show has turned out to be the cornerstone of their notoriety.
Now, they tour mostly across the U.S., and Bemrose said they will be on the road from now until Christmas with few, if any, breaks to return home.
“Playing live is really the best part of being in a band,” Bemrose said.
“The fans in the U.S. are like we’ve never seen. They’re so invested into it. The fact everyone’s so nice … we want to do a gig and spend the night just meeting everyone.”