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 awe 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 two 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 Metallica, Guns and Roses, 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 five-song set. For the next two 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'Connor 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 song's release.
In 2019 Rendacium welcomed a new guitarist Josh into the band and had a very productive year with some highlights; playing three times at London's iconic music venue the Dublin Castle in Camden town, recording six original demos ready for release across streaming platforms in 2020, playing derby's prestigious music venue 'the flowerpot' and welcoming their new manager Deborah Allen to the band.
The band in 2020 has returned back to a three-piece with Tom, Brad and Louis. with their imminent EP of 'Rough Demos' on the way and a return visit to the Eyes have it music festival in the summer they hope to have an even more successful 2020.