U.K. quartet My Vitriol
was formed in 1998 when Sri Lankan-born singer/songwriter Som Wardner met drummer Ravi Kesavaram at college in London. With a name inspired by a character in the Graham Greene novel Brighton Rock, the yet unsigned My Vitriol
had soon put together a demo EP, Delusions of Grandeur, which was promptly discovered by Radio 1 and sparked media interest in the band. Activities were suspended, however, until exams at college were completed, and then it was time to refine the lineup of the band. Guitarist Seth Taylor
and bassist Carolyn Bannister joined the fold and My Vitriol
, the finished product was born.
A record deal with Infectious Records was signed in late 1999 and a grueling tour program followed in 2000, with appearances at all the major events, including the Glastonbury and Reading U.K. festivals. Finelines My Vitriol
's melodic, guitar-laden debut album was released in March 2001 to critical acclaim, with even the influential NME hailing it as "already one of the albums of 2001".