About a week and a half ago, March 6 to be exact, Slim’s in San Francisco played host to the eagerly anticipated performance from current System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian’s side project, Scars On Broadway.
Since there was no opening band, Scars On Broadway was able to go on at 8:30 p.m. to the delight of the sold-out crowd. As the lights dimmed, Daron was center stage with bass player Niko Chantziantoniou flanked to his left, guitarist Orbel Babayan to his right and Roman Lomtadze on drums. The band kicked into a brand-new song, not on either of their albums, entitled “Animal”. During the next two hours, the band played 29 songs in total off of their two studio albums. Daron had the capacity crowd on their feet all night with lyrics that were politically charged with social issues, war, and sexual innuendos.
The highlights for me were the songs “Fucking”, “Angry Guru”, “Chemicals”, and “Fuck and Kill”, just to name a few. Since it does not look like we will be getting any new material from System of a Down, we will need to be happy with Scars On Broadway keeping the SOAD legacy strong.
Overall, it was a great show from a group of talented musicians. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Scars On Broadway.
All photos by Scott Martin