Mike Scott (English musician)

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Mike Scott
Mike Scott
Background information
Also known as Mike Scott (Phinius Gage)
Born England
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Acoustic punk
Years active 2003–present
Labels Fond of Life
Aaahh!!! Real Records
Associated acts Phinius Gage, Lay it on the Line
Website www.mikescott.me.uk

Mike Scott (born Michael Waldner-Scott[1]) is the bassist of Phinius Gage and vocalist from Lay It On The Line. He had released 3 solo acoustic Folk Punk albums and writes for long running punk zine Punktastic. He has also been in Brighton Pop Punks River Jumpers and UK82 punks Anti-Establishment.

He actively promotes animal rights[2] and is vegan.[2]

Scott played his first solo show in 2007, after 5 years as bassist for Phinius Gage. He did a split 7" with Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds[3] and has done 3 solo albums.

Since January 2012, Mike has also performed vocals in hardcore punk band Lay it on the Line and this has become his main project. The band are notable for their choice of subjects - all releases are concepts based on murders and deaths of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries - including the murder of Scott's personal friend Ben Gardner in 2009, which is the subject of the band's song 'Therapia Lane'.[4]


Mike Scott plays acoustic/folk punk, akin to Frank Turner, Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, Kevin Seconds and similar artists who have transitioned from punk and hardcore bands, to playing solo. Lay It On The Line are part of the UK Hardcore Punk movement, with bands such as More Than Life, Landscapes, Goodtime Boys, Departures. They claim influence from bands such as Go It Alone, The Effort, Modern Life Is War, Dead Swans and Set It Straight.


In addition to his musical endeavours, Scott is also a published historian; with his piece "The Spartan Legacy in the contemporary Popular Culture; A case study of the 300" being published in the Journal of Ancient Spartan and Greek History.



Year Album Label Notes
2007 Massacre Songs Fond of Life mini-album
2008 At the Slaughterhouse Punktastic/Fond of Life EP
2009 Split with Flav Giorgini Fond of Life mini-album
Split with Kevin Seconds EP
2010 Split with Ben Childs self released album
...and a Master of None Disconnect Disconnect EP
2011 Saturation Point Fond of Life album
(Almost) Everything Else Aaahh!!! Real compilation album
2013 Fiesta De Los Muertos album
TBC Split with Luke Pabich Fond of Life EP

with Phinius Gage[edit]

Year Album Label Notes
2003 More Haste, More Speed Deck Cheese mini-album
2005 The Feeling Something's Wrong album
2006 Brighton Rock Fond of Life compilation album
2007 Seek Out Your Foes, and Make Them Sorry Fond of Life/Small Town album

with Lay it on the Line[edit]

Year Album Label Notes
2012 Midnight In The Bellagio Aaahh!! Real Records Demo - Tape, Digital
2012 A Lesson In Personal Finance Aaahh!! Real Records EP - Tape, Digital
2013 Crowhurst Fire Engine Red Records EP - 12" Vinyl, Digital
2013 Arizona Split Fire Engine Red Records Split EP - 7" Vinyl, Digital
2013 Vigilance Lockjaw Records EP - Digital


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