Trophy Scars to go on indefinite hiatus

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One-of-a-kind New Jersey band Trophy Scars have followed up their excellent 2014 LP, Holy Vacants, with the news of an indefinite hiatus. This is unfortunate for fans to say the least, but understandable considering the fact that Trophy Scars have been active for 14 years and have a considerable amount of other projects currently between its five members.

Below, you can read a full statement the band shared regarding the situation and the various projects they’ll be working on, along with news of more vinyl releases coming throughout the year. I’ve also compiled a career-spanning playlist of 15 of my favorite Trophy Scars tracks, which you can stream at the bottom of this post.

If you’ve yet to dive into the vast and eclectic discography of Trophy Scars, now’s as good a time as any. This band’s music has meant a great deal to me for many a year. Long drives, late nights, tough days, and many more times have been scored by the always inventive, expertly written works of this impressive band. Consistently evolving from one release to the next with intricately layered arrangements of mind-blowing sounds unrivaled in the scene, Trophy Scars have long been one of the most underrated acts out there. I’ve always fully appreciated their DIY approach to everything they’ve done, but also find it an injustice that they never took off in the ways they deserved.

Jerry, John, Brian, Andy, Gray, and all the past members who’ve contributed to the catalogue – thanks for everything.

It is with a heavy heart we at Trophy Scars address you today: we are putting the band to bed for an indefinite amount of time. But read on, as there is a silver lining to this.

We have been around for 14 years and we are extremely proud of that. Hell, that’s longer than some marriages. We all still love each other and remain close. We just want to look to the future and see what else is out there for us; new careers, new music, new lives. Trophy Scars has been able to say a lot since our 2003 LP, Darts to the Sea. It now feels as if we’ve said everything we’ve needed to at the moment.

We’d like to thank all of you for sticking with us through the years. You are all a major part of why we were able to create as much as we did. We want to thank all Trophy Scars members, past and present. We want to thank our dear friend and producer Chris Badami. Thank you to our managers, Aneel (2008-2016) and Dan (2005-2008). We also thank all of the record labels who have helped put out our music and get it to your ears. Thank you to the tour managers, merch companies, promoters, and booking agents.

Now for the good news: Trophy Scars will continue to release music on vinyl and limited edition art. Darkness, Oh Hell is almost finished and will be officially announced by the end of the month. Alphabets will see a new double vinyl remastered release in a special 10 year package by the middle of the year. Never Born, Never Dead will see a release towards the end of the year. Hopefully Hospital Music (and maybe even a very limited Darts to the Sea) early in 2017.

NEW MUSIC! Jerry (vocals) plays in Super Snake. Andy (bass) plays in The Saddest Landscape. Brian (drums) plays in All Human. Super Snake will be releasing a new full length (Leap of Love)! The Saddest Landscape just released a new full length (Darkness Forgives)! All Human will be releasing a new full length (Teenagers, You Don’t Have to Die) on March 18! John (guitar) is still producing and mixing fantastic records at Portrait Recording Studios.

Don’t forget about us!! We will never forget about you! Check back often as we announce these beautiful vinyl packages. We love all of you. Talk to you soon.

Brian Leak

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