Who Am I ?
SCOTT MICHAEL BRANDOS
1: Who am I?
Scott Michael Brandos. I am the singer and guitarist of the band Northern Labour Party.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
By day, I am unfortunately a guru of the office life, but by night, I am letting people into the inner workings of my mind through music. I have been a part of the band Northern Labour party for a little over three years and we have released two EPs and two music videos. Our first self-titled EP was independently released in 2009, and our second EP, “Ready to Burn” was released in 2010 on Ohm’s Law records. Currently, we are working on material for our third release and looking into possibly shooting a documentary to follow us on our musical and personal journeys while we continue to make music.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I am from Huntington Beach, California. As far as where I am going: well, sometimes I feel like Mt. Vesuvius…almost like I’m ready to explode. I guess for the time being I’m going where the winds take me.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My grandfather. Although, at times, he would come across as your stereotypical grumpy old man, his work ethic and beliefs truly inspired me and helped shape who I am today.
Notable musicians who inspire me are Ian Curtis and Robert Smith.
5: What book is your bible?
The Giving Tree…even though the boy is kind of a greedy jerk and the tree is kind of spineless, you get a good moral. Moral–don’t be a total bastard to anyone, and stand up for yourself.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love it when things come together, or fall into place.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I don’t know…I guess I’m still trying to figure that out. Maybe I was put here to make people move physically and emotionally through music. Or maybe I am here to take up a portion of the earth’s oxygen…who really knows!?
8: What is your favorite color?
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Archibald “Archie” Andrews! Who says it has to be Spiderman or Superman or something. Archie is a real hero and I think he is pretty darn super. Another reason why I love Archie is he plays a semi-hollow guitar in The Archies.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Anywhere with Tyler Malone.
11: What turns you on?
When things come together.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
If you were a hot dog and you were starving, would you eat yourself?
In Scott Michael Brandos’ youth, he sat amongst his peers, questioning the pontification of his teachers. In his teen years and early adulthood, he ran endless miles for scholarly organizations as a means to pay for his what-would-have-been overpriced education. This education left him with more questions than answers. Could it be that there was another way to approach problems, interface with people, and yield impactful results?
After years of frustration and desperation, he finally turned to his guitar. Here he found a tool by which he could express his concerns, sadness, and borderline clinical depression. He attempted to form several bands, so that his songs would have an avenue to be heard. However, these early efforts always resulted in total disasters.
Three years ago, he decided to try another angle, and started the search to create what he would consider to be more than a mere band, but an institution with which he would be affiliated. This group would provide people an outlet to express their darker feelings in a positive and upbeat manner; sadness would be embraced, celebrated, and converted to positive energy, instead of simply being despised.
The title of this new group of souls which would be engaged in this common purpose was Northern Labour Party. Scott Brandos is the active frontman of this musical endeavor. Their music and live shows grant individuals an alternative to both the status quo and the traditional bifurcation of happy or sad.
Overseen by Jillian Mercado
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Jon Mcferson
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Scott Michael Brandos, 2011, Photography by Jon Mcferson