Scott B. Sympathy

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Scott B. Sympathy
Birth nameScott Bradshaw
OriginCanada
GenresIndie rock
Alternative country
Occupation(s)singer-songwriter
Years active1990–present
LabelsRuffianrecords
Associated actsStratochief, Groovy Religion

Scott Bradshaw, who records as Scott B. Sympathy, is a Canadian indie rock and alternative country musician.[1] He released several albums with his eponymously named band in the 1990s, and subsequently became a member of Stratochief following the 1999 death of that band's singer Greg McConnell.[2]

Background[edit]

Originally from Brantford, Ontario, Bradshaw moved to Toronto at age 20.[3] He began performing on the Queen Street West club scene in the 1980s, both as a solo artist under the name Scott B. and with the band Scott B. Sympathy.[4] The name "Scott B. Sympathy" was originally intended as the name of the band, with his own stage name simply being "Scott B."[1] However, this was so frequently misunderstood by fans and music journalists that when crediting the band's 1996 album Long Way Down to "The Sympathy" still failed to resolve the confusion, Bradshaw eventually relented and adopted "Scott B. Sympathy" as his own stage name.[5]

Career[edit]

The band began as a regular act at Elvis Mondays, a regular alternative rock club night in Toronto organized by William New;[6] Bradshaw also played as a supporting musician in New's own band Groovy Religion.[7] The band's debut album, 1990's Neil Yonge Street, was titled with a pun combining Toronto's Yonge Street with the name of one of Bradshaw's idols, Neil Young.[8] At this time the band had a rotating lineup, with Bradshaw as the only consistent member; Neil Yonge Street included contributions from Ian Blurton, Gord Cumming, Don Kerr, Mike Duggan, Alisdair Jones, John Borra and Willie P. Bennett.[9]

The band followed up with Drinking with the Poet in 1993,[10] garnering radio airplay on alternative rock and campus radio stations and MuchMusic with the album's title track.[11] By this time the band had a more stable lineup, including guitarist Gary Robertson, bassist Ron Bock and drummer Dave O'Sullivan.[9] The same lineup remained in place for the band's 1996 album Long Way Down, which was credited to The Sympathy.[11]

The band's final album, Unfinished Sympathy, was again titled with a pun, referencing Schubert's famous "Unfinished Symphony". (The album title bears no relation to Massive Attack's 1991 single "Unfinished Sympathy", which Bradshaw was unaware of at the time of the album's release.) The album included contributions from Ashley MacIsaac, Bazil Donovan, Tyler Yarema, Michelle Josef, Oh Susanna and Cindy Church.[12]

Following the band's breakup and McConnell's death, Bradshaw joined Stratochief for a number of years, recording two albums with that band.[2]

In 2010, he was playing in a duo with Cumming under the name "Massey Harris".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Neil Yonge Street (1990)
  • Drinking With the Poet (1993)
  • Long Way Down (1996), as The Sympathy
  • Unfinished Sympathy (1999)
  • Home Movies (2006), as Scott Bradshaw

Other Releases[edit]

  • Elvis Monday Vol. 1 (1994), track 5: "Distress"
  • Changed: A Tribute To Change Of Heart (2001), track 5: "Winter's Over"

Stratochief[edit]

  • Turbines for Speed (2001)
  • In Search of the Seven Foot Woman (2002)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Scott B.'s songs so good you'll want to steal them". Toronto Star, December 16, 1993.
  2. ^ a b "Scott B. Sympathy lets in a little light". Brantford Expositor, May 23, 2002.
  3. ^ "Scott needs no Sympathy". Brantford Expositor, April 7, 1999.
  4. ^ "'Folk music' is cooking ... with new ingredients". Toronto Star, March 20, 1987.
  5. ^ Kennedy, Rudyard. "Biography: Scott B. Sympathy". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Like namesake, Elvis Monday refuses to die". Toronto Star, May 10, 1999.
  7. ^ "What's in a name? Everything but Elvis". Toronto Star, September 8, 1994.
  8. ^ "Queen Street veteran stays with the beat". Kingston Whig-Standard, July 5, 1991.
  9. ^ a b "'Electrified' Scott B.'s latest unit is more Sympathetic than ever". Toronto Star, May 20, 1993.
  10. ^ "RECORDINGS POP: Drinking With The Poet, Scott B. Sympathy". The Globe and Mail, February 15, 1993.
  11. ^ a b "For the musical maturity, Scott B. deserves Sympathy: Long Way Down was a long time coming, but worth the wait". Toronto Star, September 26, 1996.
  12. ^ "Unfinished Sympathy". Toronto Star, February 13, 1999.