In late March 2008 we read about the screw over of Trophy Scars in regard to their UK tour plans with Raging Speedhorn. Now the band seems to already be on their way up again:
Much thanks to Pittsburgh's Mick Malone, music blogger / e-journalist, for doing this article. Thank you to everyone involved with the Bad Luck Foundation. Our most sincere gratitude to all those who've donated or bought Trophy Scars merch. We have a surprise for you in the coming week.
APRIL 8th, 2008
It’s late March; New Jersey’s Trophy Scars are packed and ready for a short tour in mid April in the UK with legendary hardcore act Raging Speedhorn. Dates look confirmed, the band is outwardly stoked, and then, seemingly out of the blue, the shit hits the fan. Raging Speedhorn cancels the entire tour, [the band cites inability to confirm dates and lack of promotion for the cancellation] and simply put, Trophy Scars are fucked.
It’s in this time that it’s apparent just how hard it is for an honest band on a small label to get by. The band emptied their bank accounts to afford the tour, from plane tickets to new merch designs, and are stuck with the costs. Via Myspace blog, they let fans know they cannot financially afford to continue, and are taking a much needed break. That is, until The Bad Luck Foundation is instated.
“The Bad Luck Foundation is just something we started as a direct reaction from our UK tour being cancelled on us. Our band fund and our personal bank accounts took a tidal hit and rendered us broke,” vocalist Jerry Jones explains. The Bad Luck Foundation is a combination of donations from adoring fans through PayPal and an eBay store selling rare, limited edition, and out of print merch directly from the band.
“This has been absolutely successful. It has significantly improved our morale and continues to help finance the recording of [the upcoming full length] Bad Luck, because of our fans we were able to take a large stride forward in the completion of this album,” Jones says.
With the band back on their feet quicker then most expected, thanks to their loyal fans, writing for Bad Luck continues. The band seemed excited to share some details on the upcoming effort.
“It’s almost done being written,” Jones explains. “It’s not as sporadic or eclectic; it will, however, be more unified and jammier. The music relies heavily on dynamics. The majority of material is 'bluesy' whilst still being intensely epic. Bad Luck, for the most part, is extremely dark."
So, when can we expect this “bluesy”, intensely epic, and dark masterpiece?
“Most likely, Bad Luck will see the light of day in the fall of '08,” Jones reveals.
Less then a month ago, it seemed the appropriately titled Bad Luck may never see the day. Though, thanks to the help of this loyal scene, it’s on the fast track to completion. This just goes to show that, in this age of boy band-esque pop punk bands and heartless imitators, support will never die for the truly sincere, hardworking and honest bands that deserve your full attention. It’s not about how many records you sell, it’s about who you fucking inspire. Trophy Scars fits that mold beautifully.