Growing up as a kid, lead singer and guitarist Brad Dawn had been introduced to pop-rock band McFly with their 2008 album Radio:ACTIVE. His love for the album prompted him and his brother, Louis, to see McFly live on their Radio:Active tour. The pair of them were totally in ore of the show and as a result starting a rock band became a burning desire of both the young boys.
The band began in the spring of 2016 at a local state school with approximately 1500 students, of which were only a handful of musicians. Despite the limited number of musicians, the original line up had been formed as a three piece. The original members; Brad Dawn on vocals and rhythm guitar and Ryan Bird on lead guitar had met in a maths class on 12th May 2016 and soon connected over their mutual love of bands such as Green Day, Arctic Monkeys and The 1975. The two teenagers were soon eager to get the ball rolling with starting a band but realised they were in need of a drummer and Brad’s brother Louis became the natural choice to fill the void. The only thing left to do was to establish a name for the band.
After much discussion the lads agreed that it was clear, the name was something that needed to be unique, captivating and edgy and after weeks of searching for the right name Brad stumbled across the latin word ‘Mendacium’ which translated to the English word lies. After taking the name to Ryan and Louis it was decided that despite the alluring nature of the word they didn’t want to be associated with lies and instead Brad changed the word to Rendacium which was not only their new band name but also their own word.
Rendacium then began to do various gigs in the local area which included headlining the Red Lion in Repton and performing 2 nights at the Melbourne Minxes National Rugby Festival in late April 2017. It was at this festival that the boys met bassist Tom Gaunt. Tom had grown up to bands such as AC/DC, Queen, Muse and the Foo Fighters and after inviting Tom to an audition for the band; Tom, Brad, Louis and Ryan clicked immediately, however due to a change in circumstances Ryan had to move away to Surrey which meant the band remained as a trio with Brad, Tom and Louis in the remaining lineup.
Their first performance was on July 6th 2017 at the Ashby school Nepal fundraiser where the band played a 5 song set. For the next 2 years Rendacium remained as a trio, going from strength to strength; Performing numerous live gigs at the likes of the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster and The Eyes Have it Music festival (headlined by Showaddywaddy, Hazel O’Conor and From the Jam), as well as writing, producing and releasing their own debut EP ‘I Just Can’t Wait’ and latest single ‘Stef’ which made an appearance on the Spire Radio’s broadcast show a week after the songs release.
However despite their growing success, there remained a gap in the band that the boys looked to fill and over the course of the next 2 years as a band. Tom, Brad and Louis held various auditions for a 4th member of Rendacium. After months of searching and holding auditions they finally found their ideal bandmate Josh Scales. Josh was a friend of Tom’s having met at an Agent Utah gig, where Josh was filling in playing guitar and Tom asked him if he’d like to audition for Rendacium. Their first gig as a 4 piece was on 9th March 2019 at an International Beer Festival hosted at the National Brewery Centre in Burton Upon Trent. This brings us to the present day, the boys; Brad, Louis, Tom and Josh, now look forward to writing, recording, performing and releasing new music and strive to put on a show with drive, energy and attitude. It’s taken 3 years to get to where they are now but as far as the boys are concerned the story has just begun….