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Scars on Broadway is the debut album by Scars on Broadway, a band consisting of System of a Down members Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan. The album contains fifteen tracks, all written by Malakian.

Album

Writing and Recording Process

On what direction his album will take, Malakian states: "It will probably be something electronic mixed in with traditional Armenianmarker and thrash, death, black, and doom metal influences. When, or even if, the music comes out, it will still be structured, just like System of a Down's music is." This electronic idea was demonstrated in all 2005 concerts in which Malakian, instead of merely singing the chorus to the song "Sugar" or "War?," as well as "Old School Hollywood" from Mezmerize, distorted his voice electronically with a Vocoder. Daron, in a recent interview, has said that the sound will be influenced by classic rock such as David Bowie, Brian Eno, Yes, Neil Young, and Roxy Music. Malakian has shifted his songwriting away from SOAD's frazzled metal to more song-based work. "I don't feel we're the mosh-pit band," says Malakian. "That's just where I'm comfortable as a writer right now."

Scars on Broadway began recording on September 27, 2007. For the recording of their debut album, the two will be "accompanied by some great musicians." On December 6, 2007, the drum tracks for the album had been finished and the band moved into the next stage of recording.On July 25, the band released a teaser for the album featuring the song "Babylon"

The band has released "They Say" as their first airplay single. It was accompanied by a video that was shot and released in late June.

The song "Enemy" contains a part of the System of a Down song "Drugs", a live-only song that Daron would often play in between songs.

Track listing

Charts

Charts (2008) Peak

position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 43
Swedish Albums Chart 54
German Albums Chart 23
UK Albums Chart 41
Billboard 200 17
Austrian Albums Chart 22
Finnish Albums Chart 14
French Albums Chart 88
Dutch Albums Chart 83
New Zealand Albums Chart 26
Swiss Albums Chart 58


Personnel

Scars on Broadway is:

  • Produced by: Daron Malakian
  • Engineered by: Dave Schiffman
  • Additional Engineering and Editing by: John Silas Cranfield
  • Recorded @ Sunset Sound Studios: North Hollywood, CA
  • Assisted by: Clifton Allen
  • Additional Recording @ Steakhouse Studio: North Hollywood, CA
  • Mixed by: Ryan Williams @ Pulse Recording: Los Angeles, CA
  • Mastered by: Eddy Schreyer @ Oasis Mastering: Burbank, CA
  • Worldwide Representation: Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group
  • Legal Representation: Jon Blaufarb
  • Business Management: David Weise & Jacob Jackel for David Weise & Associates, Inc.
  • A&R for Interscope: Martin Kierszenbaum and Ben Gordon
  • Additional Performances by: Franky Perez and Danny Shamoun
  • Artwork by Vartan Malakian
  • Cover and Inlay Art by Sandra Cand
  • Package Design by Brandy Flower


References

  1. Scars on Broadway website
  2. Scars on Broadway (System of a Down) Announce Live Debut
  3. YouTube - Scars On Broadway - Babylon Album Teaser
  4. Scars on Broadway to release a new single July 8 :: SOADFans :: The Official UnOfficial System Of a Down Site!



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