Trophy Scars
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Discography

Darts To The Sea (2002)
Hospital Music for the Aesthetics of Language (2003)
Goodnight Alchemy (2005) on Death Scene Records
Alphabet. Alphabets (2006) on Death Scene Records
Bad Luck (2009)

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Formed with the humble aspiration to contribute to the independent music scene of their home state, New Jersey, and as a collective necessity for emotional and artistic outlets, Trophy Scars never dreamed that now, six years later, the band would be a critically acclaimed full time musical act with a legion of obsessive fans. Surrounded at the time of their inception by a musical scene inundated with generic and uninspiring musical clones, the band came together to contribute something wholesomely authentic and autonomous.

In 2003 Trophy Scars gained a local cult following with their self-released, self recorded full length Darts to the Sea. 2004 demonstrated Trophy Scars' innovative and demented take on heavy, melodic indie rock with their second self-released work, the Hospital Music for the Aesthetics of Language E.P. The record received high praise by both critics and fans and remains in independent music store giant, Smart Punks top 100 best selling unsigned bands of all time. In 2005 Trophy Scars signed to the now defunct Death Scene recording company and released their first official label release, the Goodnight Alchemy E.P. Goodnight Alchemy sustained Trophy Scars' good press and reinforced the fact that they were one of the most exciting and unique up and coming independent bands. 2006 saw Trophy Scars become a full time touring band following the release of their second full length and second label release, Alphabet. Alphabets. The record received tremendous praise by legitimate critics as well as both old and new fans. It was clear Trophy Scars was evolving into something more than just another post-whatever band with experimental tendencies; they were pioneering a sound all of their own. The record was released in the UK in mid-2007 through Small Town Records.

Throughout their six year career, Trophy Scars has embarked on 8 U.S. national tours, 3 Canadian tours, and was supposed to tour Europe in early 2008 until the overseas headlining band called it quits - forcing them to cancel. They have played renowned musical festivals such as Warped Tour, New Jersey's Skate and Surf Fest ( now Bamboozle), and Pennsylvania's Big Giant Extravaganza. They have opened up for international successes such as Chiodos, Cursive, The Blood Brothers, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Horse the Band, and many more. The band has sold over 12,000 physical records with absolutely no budget for promotion and only one album receiving national distribution. Trophy Scars has never used any artificial means to achieve "friends" via social networking sites such as myspace and has recently obtained over 1,000,000 plays on the site. They have survived many hardships including bankruptcy and a share of member changes but, no matter what, has always stood tall in the face of difficulty. Their unrelenting passion and DIY work ethic have gained them a voracious and extremely dedicated fan base - evident by the numerous Trophy Scars themed tattoos throughout the United States as well as other countries around the world.

Trophy Scars newest release, Bad luck, was written over the span of two years. With the band constantly touring throughout most of 2006 and 2007. It was not until 2008 when they completed their master. Bad luck was more than a concept, it ironically became Trophy Scars' mantra beginning in early 2007. Their booking agent left the agency they were signed to, Degy Entertainment, and as a result were dropped from the agency. After this, they were plagued with bands flaking out and abandoning tours they booked themselves. Their label ceased to exist and did not follow through with any promotion plans. In 2008 the band was left in financial ruin after they had booked their non-refundable flights and printed up merchandise for their first european tour. The headlining act of the tour quit five days before their departure. The album title Bad Luck, was chose in late 2006 and seemed to act as a foreshadow of things to come. The band took a short hiatus in march 2008 but quickly bounced back as fans expressed sincere amounts of distress and offered their help by setting up a donation plan. By May, fans donated enough money to help begin the recording process. Bad Luck was tracked and produced by the Scars' lead guitarist John Ferrara at Backroom Studios in Dover, NJ throughout June and July. The band then took the recording to producer, Chris Badami (The Dillenger Escape Plan, The Early November, The Starting Line) at Portrait Studios in Lincoln Park, NJ to have him mix, sequence, and bounce the recording to half inch tape. In early December, the recording was mastered by multi-Grammy Award winner, Scott Hull (Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Panic at the Disco). The album's artwork was beautifully designed by Jason Oda (Further Seems Forever, Lydia, Straylight Run), creator of the infamous online "Emo Game." Bad Luck primarily focuses on texteured listen. However, it still retains the unmistakable signature Scars