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Since being formed by brothers Andrew & Jamie Pipe in late 2008, award winning British rock band The Mentulls have carved out a niche for themselves on the international rock scene.

 

Hailing from the north east of England, an area well known for producing legendary artists like Paul Rodgers, David Coverdale, Chris Rea, The Animals and Sting, who have all made major impacts on the world of rock music, The Mentulls carry on that great tradition of original classic rock music in a new eclectic way

With music critics calling them “a band to watch now and for years to come”, “so talented, so good” and “the future of prog rock” the band have earned a reputation for blending original, emotive, bluesy classic rock with progressive rock instrumentality played with gusto and energy.

 

"Prog Rock Legends"

BBC RADIO

As well as recording three albums to date, with their latest opus “Reflections” having received rave reviews and acclaim, the band as well as headlining their own shows have toured internationally and opened for a plethora of big name artists including Wishbone Ash, Focus, Walter Trout, Dr Feelgood among many others. In addition, the band have made many large festival apperances where they have shared the stage with the likes of The Stranglers, Feeder, FM and Cats In Space.

 

Also, the band and it’s members have won and been nominated for numerous awards including Young Artist of The Year in ‘The British Blues Awards’ two years running in 2012 & 2013. Away from the band, it's members have worked with Grammy award winners to rock legends.

"Tipped To Become Icons"

FRETWORK NETWORK

 

Now, in 2019 after a short break away from the live arena Andrew, Jamie and longtime drummer Nick Colman are joined on vocals by David Neil Crabtree, who brings a new soulful dimension to the band.

BAND HISTORY TIMELINE

2008 - 2010

  • The band tour in the UK gaining fans and supporters and record first material.

 

2011

  • The band releases their first record 'Long Road To Home' which recently charted at #2 in the Amazon Blues & Jazz charts 5 years after it's release.

2012

  • The band tour the UK and appear at top UK blues festivals.

  • Open multiple shows for rock legends Wishbone Ash, Focus and others.

  • The band release their second album 'Time Flies' which attracts international airplay in the the UK, Europe, USA and Australia.

  • Guitarist Andrew Pipe is nominated for 'Best Young Artist' award in the British Blues Awards.

2013

  • The band undertake their first tour in Europe opening for Wishbone Ash

  • The band continue to tour the UK which include playing festivals and headlining their own shows.

  • Andrew Pipe is nominated a second time for a British Blues Award.

2014

  • The band play further UK headline shows and support more well respected artists.

  • Appearances at major UK festivals such as Weyfest and The Great British R&B Festival follow. 

2015

  • The Mentulls release their latest album 'Reflections' to critical acclaim which was recorded with award winning producer Wayne Proctor and mixed by the legendary Ray Staff (Genesis, Rush, Bowie, Rolling Stones) at George Martin's AIR Studios, London.

  • The band feature in and receive praise from the music press including Classic Rock Magazine, Guitar Techniques, Rock & Reel Magazine and Rock Society for the album 'Reflections'.

  • Tracks from Reflections receive large amounts of radio play including BBC Radio 2.

  • The album reaches #3 on the IBBA charts and #27 on the Amazon Rock Charts.

  • The band tour in the UK and Europe to promote the album.

 

2016

  •  The Mentulls continue to promote the 'Reflections' album with a headline UK tour in the spring and a tour of UK and Europe in the Autumn across 4 countries.

  • The band play more top rock festivals in the UK

2017

  • The band take a break from touring to refresh and write new music.

2018

  • The band make I successful return to the live arena playing summer festivals with added help from their friend singer/songwriter John P Taylor on vocals.

  • The band recruit permanent vocalist David Neil Crabtree in late 2018.

 

2019

  • The band undertakes a successful headline spring tour including a sold out hometown show in the North East. Festival appearances follow in the summer.

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