SCARS On 45 frontman Danny Bemrose still gets butterflies in his stomach when people ask about his time as a player for Huddersfield Town.
More than 10 years after he was released from his professional contract as a promising young striker the injustice he feels at being dropped still stings like the day it happened.
“I banged my foot on the side of the bed and broke three toes,” he explained.
“For some bizarre reason the youth team boss accused me of going to a gig and dropping an amp on my foot.
“He held that against me and when it came round to contract renewal they released me.
“It’s really difficult to let that go especially as I feel they released me for the wrong reasons.”
Aged 19 and unable to train or find a new club, the Heckmondwike lad found himself in the wilderness looking for a purpose.
Already a fan of music he picked up a guitar and the time normally filled kicking a football was instead spent learning the guitar.
Fast forward a decade and the move seems to have finally paid off.
After being ignored by the British music industry for years, Bemrose and his bandmates have secured a deal in the States with Chop Shop Records, a division of Atlantic Records, one of the biggest music labels in the world.
The label is owned by Alexandra Patsavas, music supervisor on a long line of hit TV shows and films including Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, The OC, Mad Men and The Twilight Saga films.
After penning the deal in early 2010 the band was put to work recording their self-produced debut album with help from Mark Needham, who also worked on the Killers’ number one album Hot Fuss.
The album is due in the next few months and the band are currently in the middle of an eight-week US tour, including a performance at the prestigious SXSW festival in Texas tomorrow.
Speaking to Wow from California, Bemrose said he was thankful his commitment to music had finally paid off.
“I’m not taking anything for granted,” he said.
“I could kick a ball before I could walk.
“When it’s taken away from you you’re devastated, you don’t know what else you’re going to do?
“I still get a weird knot in my stomach every time someone mentions Huddersfield Town, but they’re still my team.
“It’s nice to find a second thing I love and I feel really chuffed and really lucky at the minute.”
Bemrose, whose family runs the Stuart Stage School in Heckmondwike, said he was happy to focus on the USA for now but hoped they would receive recognition at home one day.
He said: “We’ve been together for a few years and it’s not seemed to happen for us in England.
“We’ve got a big label behind us in America, Chop Shop support us so much, we feel we need to do everything possible to give them what they gave us, which is more than anyone gave us in England.
“We’re just working really hard, but of course we’re from England so we’d like to have a career there too.
“I’m not going to lose any sleep over it but it would be nice to tour England do all the stuff we’re doing here.”