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My Vitriol


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London, England (1999 – present)

My Vitriol are an band formed in 1999 in London, England. The band takes its name from “Brighton Rock” by Graham Greene. In the story, the main character carries a bottle of vitriol (an idiomatic name for sulphuric acid) for self protection. The band currently comprises Ravi Kesavaram (drums), Som Wardner (vocals, guitar and lyrics), Seth Taylor (guitar) and Lauren (bass). Former member Carolyn Bannister (bass and backing vocals) left the group sometime in 2005. The band has so far remained silent concerning her departure.

Beginnings (1998-1999)

Ravi and Som met at UCL in early 1998. They lived opposite each other in halls and were both were studying similar degrees; Som studying Genetics and Ravi studying Biochemistry.[1] They were both involved in the local music scene, but it wasn’t for a year and a half until they played together. Som had written a few songs and a friend of theirs decided to help them record a demo as a project for his studio engineering course. Ravi played the drums, Som played the rest of the instruments and they put together an EP called “Delusions of Grandeur” in the space of just two days, using every free studio session they could.

About 250 CD-R copies of “Delusions Of Grandeur” were pressed but only about 30 actually worked, due to technical reasons. However, one was handed to Radio One DJ Steve Lamacq at a gig. Within days, Lamacq had broadcast a track on the Session Unsigned slot, which led to greater publicity for the band in the form of the track’ Grounded’ being used on the ‘Organ Radio 5’ compilation.


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