Augustana at The Loft Nov. 28

Augustana returned to Atlanta Nov. 28 at The Loft, touring in support of the band’s fifth album, Life Imitating Life. The album, the first since the departure of several band members, has received critical praise since its release in April of this year, with lead single “Ash and Ember” getting steady radio play.

Fans who got there early were treated to a great set from supporting act Colony House, an indie trio out of Nashville. The band, named after the apartment complex that all of them lived in at one point in time, performed songs from its debut album, When I Was Younger, such as “Keep On Keeping On,” “Roll With the Punches” and current single “Silhouettes.”

Then it was on to Scars on 45, a four piece rock act out of Bradford, UK. The band, driven by the lush harmonies between co-vocalists Danny Bemrose and Aimee Driver, just released sophomore album Safety in Numbers in October and single “Crazy For You” has become their most successful to date. Before performing the song, Bemrose and Driver told the audience the story behind it; they had two friends who were both secretly pining for each other for years without ever saying anything. Eventually the couple got together and ended up getting married, thus inspiring the song. The band’s first single, “Heart on Fire,” kept things going, with Bemrose and Driver performing it with an understated elegance. Halfway through the set, the duo asked the audience if they would be okay with a very intimate performance, then proceeded to hop off the stage and weave their way into the crowd to perform a hushed, acoustic version of “Tasted Every Tear.”

With the crowd sufficiently warmed up, Augustana took the stage and kicked things off with “On The Other Side,” a track from the band’s 2011 self-titled release. Frontman Dan Layus was all smiles as he continued with current single “Ash and Ember” from Life Imitating Life. The new album is a turning point for him, as he remains the only founding member of Augustana. “Ash and Ember” is about the transition to this new state of the band, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Layus said. The Life dominated setlist with songs such as “Need a Little Sunshine,” “Youth Is Wasted on the Young” and “Fit Together” was well received by the crowd. “I Still Aint Over You,” “Hey Now” and “Sweet and Low” took fans back to 2008’s Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt, while “Sunday Best” represented the band’s first album, 2005’s All the Stars and Boulevards. Layus then took his seat behind the piano for “Fire,” “Remember Me,” and the band’s biggest hit, “Boston,” with Layus ad-libbing lyrics to the end of the song, telling the audience that he remembered recording it in Atlanta “Just down the street” 10 years ago and he was glad all of the fans “Still remember my name.” Layus returned to guitar to close out the night with “Shot in the Dark.”

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British Alt-Rockers Scars on 45 U.S. Summer Tour Dates

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Nettwerk is excited to announce the signing of British alt rock/pop band Scars On 45 to its label roster. The band is currently putting the final touches on their upcoming album, due out this fall (date TBA). They have also just launched an U.S. summer headline tour, which started yesterday in San Diego and will keep them on the road through early August.

 

Scars On 45 released their self-titled debut in 2012, which landed at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Already a favorite among film and TV music supervisors, the band’s gorgeous melodies, driving instrumentation and boy/girl harmonies caught the attention of VH1 who chose them as a coveted You Oughta Know Artist. They made their national TV debut on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and received media support from the likes of USA Today, People, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Spin, Billboard and more.

 

Scars On 45 is Danny Bemrose (vocals/guitar), Aimee Driver (vocals), David “Nova” Nowakowski (piano/keyboard) and Chris Durling (drums). Stay tuned for more news on the band’s upcoming full-length release.

 

Scars On 45 Summer Tour Dates

Wed, June 18 – San Diego @ San Diego Aquarium
Thur, June 19 – Los Angeles @ Hotel Café
Sun, June 22 – Napa @ Whetstone Winery
Mon, June 23 – Berkeley @ Freight and Salvage
Sat, June 28 – Portland @ Doug Fir
Sun, June 29 – Seattle @ Tractor Tavern
Mon, June 30 – Boise @ Neurolux
Thur, July 3 – Denver @ Soiled Dove
Sun, July 6 – Chicago @ Schubas
Tue, July 8 – Indianapolis @ The HiFi
Wed, July 9 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
Fri, July 11 – Washington, DC @ Jammin’ Java
Sat, July 12 – Pleasantville, NY @ Pleasantville Music Festival
Mon, July 14 – Boston @ Cafe 939
Thur, July 17 – Roanoke, VA @ Roanoke Island Festival Park
Fri, July 18 – Mt. Pleasant, NY @ Wild Wings
Sat, July 19 – Columbia, SC @ Tasty Tomato Festival
Tue, July 22 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
Fri, July 25 – Louisville @ New Vintage
Sat, July 26 – Akron, OH @ Musica
Tue, July 29 – Philadelphia @ Boot and Saddle
Wed, July 30 – New York @ Mercury Lounge
Thur, July 31 – Belmar, NJ @ Songwriters In The Park
Fri, Aug 1 – Southbury, CT @ Southbury, CT
Tue, Aug 5 – Mohegan Lake, NY @ The Winery at St. George’s