Backbeat: Chop Shop's Scars On 45 Open For Matt Nathanson At L.A.'s Wiltern
Backbeat: Chop Shop's Scars On 45 Open For Matt Nathanson At L.A.'s Wiltern

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Left to right: Mark Needham (who mixed Scars on 45's "Heart on Fire" EP), Chop Shop president John Rubeli, Atlantic Records director of AAA promotion Brian Corona and Scars on 45 manager Steve Nice.

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On the heels of the release of its new "Heart on Fire" EP (Chop Shop/Atlantic Records), British indie pop group Scars on 45 paid a visit to Los Angeles on Oct. 29, where they opened for singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson at the city's 2,300-capacity Wiltern. About 30 minutes before hitting the stage, Scars on 45 and its record label/management team held an intimate gathering across the street from the Wiltern on the seventh-floor pool deck at the Solair high-rise condo tower.

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During the pre-show festivities, the quintet's manager, Steve Nice of Nice Management, spoke to Billboard.biz about visiting Chop Shop owner Alexandra Patsavas' house and playing her the track "Heart on Fire." "She wanted to sign them right there," said Nice, whose company also manages the Happy Hollows and Ed Harcourt. "It was the weirdest thing."

Earlier this summer, Chop Shop also released the group's "Give Me Something" EP, whose title track reached the top five on Billboard's Triple A radio chart. The act's music has been featured in such TV shows as "Grey's Anatomy," "The Cleaner" and "CSI: New York," "Supernatural" and "One Tree Hill."

This week, Scars on 45's "Heart on Fire" hits a new peak at No. 13 on the Triple A radio chart. Chop Shop president John Rubeli calls working radio "a new game for us." The label is currently working with new acts Milo Greene and Anya Marina. Rubeli said that Mylo Green is currently touring with the Civil Wars and selling up to 300 albums per night on the road. Marina, meanwhile, plans to release a new album around Valetine's Day.

Scars on 45 will join Jack's Mannequin for a handful of shows beginning Nov. 7 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. The group is expected to release its full-length debut in early 2012.

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Left to right: Scars on 45's Chris Durling (drums), David "Nova" Nowakowski (keyboards), Stuart Nichols (bass), Amiee Driver (vocals), Danny Bemrose (vocals/guitar) and manager Steve Nice.

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