If there was a Billboard chart for top songs on television, Scars on 45 might top it.
''Grey's Anatomy'' used ''Hearts on Fire'' all summer long to preview its recently completed season. Scars songs have been heard on ''One Tree Hill,'' ''Pretty Little Liars,'' ''The Cleaner'' and ''Supernatural.'' And TV music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas liked their song ''Beauty's Running Wild'' so much when it was used in a pivotal scene in an episode of ''CSI: New York'' that she signed the Yorkshire, England, band to her Chop Shop label, which is distributed by Atlantic Records.
Radio support has followed on adult alternative stations, where both ''Hearts on Fire'' and ''Give Me Something'' received extensive airplay, and that support is one of the reasons the band is happy to do gigs like Tuesday's free show at Cedar's Lounge for members of the listener-supported public radio station The Summit (90.7/91.3 FM).
''It's been so important to us as a band,'' Danny Bemrose said during a telephone interview on the way to a show in Austin, Texas. ''Radio's been the reason we've been in this amazing country for 18 months now ... When we went out on our own headline tour at the beginning of the year, we didn't think anyone would show up, but a lot of the gigs were sold out. We owe everything, a huge amount to local radio stations. There's nothing too much we can do to give back.''
Scars on 45 - Bemrose, guitar and vocals; Aimee Driver, vocals; David Nowakowski, keyboards; Stuart Nichols, bass; and Chris Durling, drums - has had more success in the States than it has in its native England. While part of that is because the band has been focusing its attention here, Bemrose also thinks it's because English music fans always are looking for whatever is new and different.
''We've never put our hands up and said we're doing anything groundbreaking, pushing the boundaries,'' he said. ''We write songs we like; we play songs we like. We're a very song-based band. We don't have any particular genre we listen to in the band.''
When You Go
WHO: Scars on 45
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Cedar's Lounge, 23 N. Hazel St., Youngstown
HOW MUCH: Admission is free for members of The Summit (90.7/91.3 FM). For more information, call 330-761-3099.
UK influences like Oasis and Travis are evident in the band's songs, and the vocal interplay between Bemrose and Driver has drawn comparisons to Fleetwood Mac.
Bemrose said he and Driver clicked vocally the first time they sang together.
''Before we decided to record our own album, we demoed a few songs,'' he said. ''One of them, 'Insecurity,' we felt it needed a female vocalist on the end section of the song. We were trying to find a female to sing on it. We knew Aimee, she was friends with our keyboard player, and he said we should try Aimee for this song. Soon as she opened her mouth and sung the first word, it was, 'Wow'.''
While the band's self-titled debut album was released only three months ago, most of the songs are at least two years old and were recorded using computers in bedrooms and hotel rooms transformed into makeshift studios. Bemrose already is looking forward to starting work on the follow up.
''We can't wait. We're so excited to go back to England in August. We'll headline a tour, quite a big one, in October. In August and September, except for a few one-off shows, we'll focus on writing and doing demos for the next album. We've never been in a proper studio before ... To go to a real studio and work on ideas is something we're all kind of excited about. It's like a second Christmas this year.''