Trophy Scars To Tour Europe with The ’68, Re-issue ‘Bad Luck’ Album On Vinyl
New Jersey quartet Trophy Scars, purveyors of darkly cinematic blues-rock opuses, embark on their first European tour in December, supporting Josh Scogin (The Chariot) and Michael McClellan’s acclaimed new duo project, ’68.
Trophy Scars, who have attained a rabid cult following over the course of 4 albums and 4 EPs, began in 2002 as a post-hardcore outfit, first gaining widespread critical attention with the release of their ‘Hospital Music for the Aesthetics of Language’ EP in 2004.
Numerous US tours, including the Vans Warped Tour in 2004, earned them a reputation as a formidable live act who throw everything they’ve got into their performances.
In 2008, the band was offered a support slot on a European tour with a high-profile UK band. A week before the tour was set to kick off, the headliner broke up, leaving Trophy Scars heavily in debt from lost airfares and other unrecoverable expenses, to the extent that the band was forced into an indefinite hiatus.
When their fans learned of the situation, the online message boards lit up. They were so devastated that they would never get to hear Trophy Scars next album, ‘Bad Luck’, that eventually fans started emailing the band, asking if the band had a PayPal account so that they could send money to the band to help keep the band alive. This act eventually became ‘The Bad Luck Foundation’, which raised enough money to enable the band to record the album, well before crowd-funding concepts like Kickstarter came into existence. The fans saved the band.
Over the years, Trophy Scars have evolved and broadened their sound while still maintaining their trademark energy and penchant for darkly gripping narratives.
Their fourth album and magnum opus, ‘Holy Vacants’, was released worldwide in April 2014 on Monotreme Records, garnering numerous 5-star reviews from around the world and paving the way for their long-awaited debut European tour.
To help the band raise funds for the tour, The first ever vinyl edition of their much-loved third album, ‘Bad Luck’, will be released on Monotreme Records as a limited 180 g pressing of 200 copies on black vinyl and 300 copies on clear red vinyl with black spatter. All profits from the sale will go directly to the band to support their touring and recording.
You can pre-order the album here:
Trophy Scars European Tour Dates (all with ’68):
01.12.14 Germany München @ Feierwerk http://goo.gl/mkzpCr
04.12.14 Belgium Antwerp @ Kavka http://goo.gl/87Mufq
05.12.14 UK Nottingham @ Rock City Basement
06.12.14 UK Plymouth @ The Underground
07.12.14 UK Leeds @ The Key Club
08.12.14 UK Glasgow @ Classic Grand
09.12.14 UK Birmingham @ o2 Academy3
10.12.14 UK Newcastle o2 Academy2
11.12.14 UK Manchester Sound Control
12.12.14 UK Brighton @ Audio
13.12.14 UK Bristol @ The Exchange
14.12.14 UK London @ Borderline
15.12.14 UK York @ Fibbers
16.12.14 UK Southampton @ Joiners
17.12.14 UK Oxford O2 Academy Oxford
18.12.14 France Paris @ Boule Noire http://goo.gl/M1vzQo
19.12.14 Germany Frankfurt 11er http://goo.gl/rDMYM9