In December 2005, System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian announced that the band would be taking a break, a little time to pursue solo projects without actually breaking up. Today finds Malakian and fellow SOAD member John Dolmayan putting out music together under the name of Scars on Broadway along with veteran Vegas musician Franky Perez, Danny Shamoun and Dominic Cifarelli. "I think this music has the opportunity to reach, potentially, more people than System did, because it’s more straightforward, more rock-derivative and not quite so schizophrenic in the writing style," Dolmayan told the Weekly. "I can tell you I’m really proud of what we accomplished. Everybody I’ve played it for seems to dig it, and I have some brutally honest friends that would tell me otherwise." Scars on Broadway's self-titled debut album was released in July 2008.
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