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  • Daron Malakian just always struck me as such an interesting figure and musician that I was very anxious to hear his work with this new band
  • However, due to Malakian’s excellent vocal melody and how he makes a simple riff work extremely well, They Say is a pretty good choice for a single in my opinion
  • The riff is just a few notes and honestly nothing too special, Malakian is easily capable of much more, but I think that it fits with the song, so it really isn’t a big deal
  • I’m aware that Scars On Broadway currently isn’t active due to some personal problems Malakian was having and I have to admit that I’m a bit disappointed because this record made me confident and hopeful for any follow up records that he would release outside of System Of A Down
  • Some of the clips may just seem completely random but I actually sort of like that about the video, and I definitely like the performance aspect as well


    • by Grimmy101
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      Overview – They Say, the first music video released by Scars On Broadway for promotion of their debut album is a music video that is broken up into a performance half and then random clips from throughout society as well. I have to admit that I was extremely anxious for Scars On Broadway’s new record when I heard about it, much more than Serj Tankian’s solo record to be totally truthful. Daron Malakian just always struck me as such an interesting figure and musician that I was very anxious to hear his work with this new band. Just to be clear, They Say really isn’t a good representation of the music that’s on the debut record from Scars. They Say is an extremely simple song which doesn’t have that good of songwriting, although it makes sense for a single choice, the rest of the album is quite a bit different from this song. Whereas They Say honestly relies on one riff throughout the entire song, which really isn’t a clever riff or anything, the rest of the album is much more dynamic, trust me. However, due to Malakian’s excellent vocal melody and how he makes a simple riff work extremely well, They Say

      is a pretty good choice for a single in my opinion.

      The Song – As I said above, They Say honestly doesn’t have excellent songwriting to it or really anything very brilliant. All of the parts on their own really aren’t very special, particularly the guitars, but all of the parts fit nicely together to create a pretty good, or at least catchy, song. The riff that opens up the song is pretty much the riff that you hear throughout the entire track, although it’s played in power chords throughout the rest of the song. The riff is just a few notes and honestly nothing too special, Malakian is easily capable of much more, but I think that it fits with the song, so it really isn’t a big deal. In my opinion, They Say honestly isn’t a song that’s driven by the guitar work, it’s easily a track driven by Malakian’s vocals and lyrics. Although not quite as metaphorical as some of his previous lyrics in System Of A Down, or compared to Serj Tankian in general, Malakian still manages to write lyrics which convey his personal thoughts on modern society and the state of our world. Lyrically I do believe that Tankian ...


      • is the better writer, but for some reason I always preferred Malakian overall. Again, although the songwriting itself really isn’t that great, or at least not compared to the rest of the songs on this record, but this track is definitely very driving, the energy of the track is just excellent in my opinion. I’m aware that Scars On Broadway currently isn’t active due to some personal problems Malakian was having and I have to admit that I’m a bit disappointed because this record made me confident and hopeful for any follow up records that he would release outside of System Of A Down. Don’t get me wrong, I really like System Of A Down but it’s interesting for me to listen to a band where Malakian pretty much has all creative control in it. I also have to admit that I feel bad for Malakian due to leaving System Of A Down because he wanted a break and then he has personal problems while forming this new band, I just have to say I have sympathy for him.

        The Video – The music video is a video that transitions between the band performing the song in what looks to be a warehouse and

        then random clips from throughout society and the media. I have to be honest and say I really can’t describe the clips that are in this video, it’s everywhere from riots to alligators to crash test dummies to military conflicts. The limits of this video really don’t exist, the clips vary so much that I honestly can’t describe them all. The video has an effect throughout the entire track a “broken” effect, I really don’t know what it’s called, which gives the music video a vintage look. I can’t comment much on the clips of the music video, but the performance aspect of the music video is also very nice. Obviously there is a bit more focus on Malakian since he’s the singer and “leader” of Scars On Broadway but there’s actually a pretty fair amount of divided camera time for each of the members of Scars. Each of the members, without exception, seem to be extremely into the song and they definitely match the energy that the song has by itself and take it to a new level. Some of the clips may just seem completely random but I actually sort of like that about the video, and I definitely like the performance aspect as well.




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