Hailing from Orange County, CA, Northern Labour Party is a band rooted in the analog sounds of the early ’80s post punk and New Wave movement. The noirish quartet of Scott Brandos (guitars, vocals), Dex McFerson (analogue synthesizers), Steve Brown (bass), and Colin Altena (drums) was forged in 2008 through a common love of Joy Division, New Order, Depeche Mode, Magazine, Gary Numan, and Interpol.
Despite not being labelled as dance, their dark pop music does evoke a certain movement-heavy response, probably due to the well-balanced mixture of Moog-driven bass lines, echoing guitars, resonating vocals, motorik drumming, and surrounding goth atmospherics. Lyrically-wise, the songs have an underlying dark feeling, telling stories about self doubt, rejection, fractured emotions, and the looming unknown of time and death… uplifting stuff, indeed. Don’t let the doom and gloom discourage you though; Northern Labour Party may wrap their grandiose minor-keyed offerings up in dark capes, but the rocking edge keeps the “gothic” tag at bay. One listen to the band’s stunning pair of EP’s will convince all fans of Interpol, Editors, She Wants Revenge, and The Killers that they have every reason to rejoice: this Californian troupe is a brooding king waiting to be crowned.