Described as having a “rich, American, hard rock sound, with a spice of dark British metal”, London based band ‘Mordecai’ has evolved from humble, Croydon beginnings, into a band that’s seriously stirring up waves, sparking eager appetites on both sides of the Atlantic, and setting new standards for the British rock scene.
In a killer musical culture, bursting with diversity and sub-genres, Mordecai have strongly and firmly stayed steadfast in their attention grabbing presence, staying true to their dirty overdriven guitars, in-your-face vocals and a heart thumping rhythm section; Mordecai have that classic, timeless and blues-rock-root sound, that only a select few bands ever manage to naturally master.
With each band member having their own individual taste in music, you’d think that the songs these four guys produce would be messy and argumentative; their personal influences fighting for centre stage. This could not be further from the truth. Their flawless recipe of Black Stone Cherry, Tremonti Project, Alter Bridge, Pearl Jam, Seether, Mastadon, Black Label Society, Alice in Chains and Foo Fighters, fuse together to create pit-churning songs such as ‘Fight Fire With Fire’, ‘White Horse’ and ‘Rise’.
Mordecai have a gig history to be envied. Not only are they one of the only unsigned bands to have ever been given two consecutive years at Download Festival, but they’ve also set fire to stages at acclaimed festivals such as Bloodstock, Bull Dog Bash and Hammerfest. Not impressive enough? These four lads have supported the likes of Black Light Burns and Fightstar, and were hand selected by Bam Mergera himself to support his ‘FFU’ show in Camden in 2014.
Mordecai’s undaunted attitude has not gone unnoticed. In 2012 the band was invited to be a part of Mark Tremonti’s (Creed, Alter Bridge, Tremonti Project) ‘Fret12 Artist Development Program’, and they reached the regional finals of a global battle of the bands held by Hard Rock Cafe/Hard Rock Calling, whereby the Download Fest King himself, Mr Andy Copping, complemented Dan on his “Eddie Vedder esque vocals”, and in 2013 the band was crowned Pure Rawk’s ‘New Band of the Year’.
Leaving no time for Lady Luck to change their fate, the band took no time out to reflect on their triumphs, instead driving forward with valour. The band chose to venture over the pond to record their eagerly anticipated, debut album, at the Grammy award winning ‘Studio A’ in Philadelphia, and released ‘Undaunted’ in 2013.
Now, in 2015, Mordecai has hit the ground running, and is showing no signs of letting up. Already, the lads have shed blood, sweat and tears in the infamous ‘Outhouse Studios’ with John Mitchell (You Me At Six, Architects and Alter Bridge), recording their five track EP ‘Valour’, and their tireless PR team, made up of Emma Scott (Pluggin’ Baby) and Nick Moore, are all gearing up for this May release to be one that will rise Mordecai to new heights in the coming months.