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Nathan Gregor "Nate" Mendel (born December 2, 1968) is an American musician for the bands Foo Fighters, The Jealous Sound, Sunny Day Real Estate, and The Fire Theft. In 2015, he announced he is the singer, songwriter, and guitarist for his new project, Lieutenant.

Contents

1 Life and career 2 Technique 3 Equipment 4 Personal life 5 Activism 6 Discography

6.1 Foo Fighters 6.2 Sunny Day Real Estate 6.3 The Fire Theft 6.4 Lieutenant 6.5 The Nightwatchmen

7 References

Life and career[edit] Mendel was born on December 2, 1968, in Richland, a mid-sized city in southeast Washington. His first instrument was the violin. As at the age of 13, Mendel started to get interested in rock music and joining a band,[1] a friend who played guitar suggested him to play bass guitar.[2] Mendel stated that "as I picked up that bass guitar I went on a 20-year detour into punk", helped by his town usually having concerts of DIY punk bands such as Scream.[3] This led to a "pretty limited musical education", as despite taking some lessons with a bassist from a local band, Mendel mostly taught himself to play, and "it was all hardcore punk rock, like Minor Threat, Black Flag and Bad Brains. Instead of studying the bass playing of someone like John Entwistle, which would have given me a foundation of how to play. I just wanted to play a lot of notes really fast."[2] Mendel began his musical career in the hardcore band Diddly Squat, which only recorded a 7" single but did a national tour during the 1988 summer vacation. After Diddly Squat ended, Mendel moved to Seattle, where he spent four months on the straight edge band Brotherhood. Afterwards he joined the band Christ on a Crutch, which included bandmate Glen Essary and lasted until 1993. In 1992, Mendel and his University of Washington
University of Washington
housemate Dan Hoerner
Dan Hoerner
decided to form a band, and invited drummer William Goldsmith
William Goldsmith
to form the group that would end up being named Sunny Day Real Estate.[1] Mendel added that SDRE was an attempt to "play more intricate, interesting music".[2] While Mendel toured Europe with Christ on a Crutch, Jeremy Enigk jammed with the remaining members and eventually became a full-time member of SDRE.[4] Just prior to Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate
disbanding in 1995, Mendel and Goldsmith were invited by Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl
to join his band, the Foo Fighters, during the week of Halloween in late October 1994. He has remained a bandmember ever since, being one of the only original members in the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
current line-up along with Grohl and former Nirvana live guitarist Pat Smear.[5] Although Sunny Day Real Estate reunited for two more albums (How It Feels to Be Something On and The Rising Tide), he stayed with the Foo Fighters, in Sunny Day Real Estate, he was replaced by Jeff Palmer, and Palmer was replaced by Joey Skyward, when Skyward left the band, Jeremy Enigk
Jeremy Enigk
(lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist) moved to the bass. After Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate
disbanded once more, he joined with other Sunny Day Real Estate members Jeremy Enigk
Jeremy Enigk
and William Goldsmith
William Goldsmith
to form The Fire Theft, who released a self-titled album in 2003.[2] In 2001, he played with Juno. He scored a role in the indie movie Our Burden Is Light, in which he also played a minor role as the main female character's best friend's boyfriend and bassist. In the movie, Mendel plays in a band named Bleeder, consisting of himself, Jessica Ballard, and Taylor Hawkins. In June 2009, it was confirmed that Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate
plans to reunite again, with Mendel back in the fold.[6][7] The band toured in 2009, confirming a new album in the works.[8] Technique[edit]

Mendel in 2009

Mendel at first considered the bass a melodic instrument, and thus liked to input more personality in his bass parts. Bass Player described Mendel's style in Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate
as "heavy-handed and fleet-footed, rooted in punk rock but prone to melodic flights that encircled the band's airy arrangements", and Mendel added that in his first years of the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
he tried "to make these songs as complicated as I could and put as much bass on there as possible". He eventually changed his priorities to the more traditional bass style where the instrument acts as "the bridge between the melodic element and the percussion", saying that he "alter[ed] the way I play bass so it works in this band, so I can support Dave's songs as best as possible." The priorities he learned to take with his playing was to "play tight and lock better with the drums"[2][9] adding that when Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins
Taylor Hawkins
decide to redo the drum tracks, at times Mendel would have to remake his whole basslines.[10] Mendel is known to use a pick almost exclusively. His preferred style was alternate picking, but on the fifth Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
album, In Your Honor, he started to employ downpicking because "with this kind of music, you need the consistency and percussive sound you get from playing with downstrokes." For the acoustic shows, Mendel played fingerstyle.[2] Nate is rarely seen singing. However he sang backup with Chris Shiflett on Monkey Wrench at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia in 2000 while supporting There Is Nothing Left To Lose. He and Shiflett sang the outro backing vocals ("fall in, fall out"). He is also seen doing backing vocals on "I'll Stick Around" at Bizarre Festival in 2000.[11] Also, he sang backing vocals at Bucknell University
Bucknell University
in 2000 on "Monkey Wrench".[12] Equipment[edit] Mendel's main set-up consists of Fender Precision Basses with GHS strings, played through Ashdown amplifiers.[2] Mendel described the Precision as "iconic" in both its looks and its sound. The bassist's preferred P-Bass is his first, a 1971 model sold to him by the lead singer of Christ on a Crutch which Mendel adapted to be easier to play.[9] Mendel also plays Lakland basses, particularly the Bob Glaub Signature, one of which was employed on the Foo Fighters' seventh album, Wasting Light. He uses a Fulltone Bassdrive pedal, though Mendel downsized the usage of effects pedals as the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
rose its number of musicians – "Now that we have three guitar players, there's a lot of distortion going on, so I try to keep it clean and stay in line with the kick drum. That way, I know that even if we're playing a big echoey venue, at least the bass will come across with some bite and precision."[2] He is seen playing the Lakland Bass in the video for "The Pretender". He used a Gibson Ripper bass in the "Best of You" video and in the "Long Road to Ruin" video he is seen playing a Red Fender Jazz Bass with a black pickguard. He also uses a white and pearloid red Fender Jazz Bass in the "Monkey Wrench" video. Nate on occasion also plays Gibson Thunderbird
Gibson Thunderbird
Basses. Nate uses JHAudio JH16 in Ear Monitors. Personal life[edit] He has one son, Noah, with his former girlfriend. In September 2011 it was reported by Billboard.biz that Mendel was dating Sub Pop publicist and director of marketing, Kate Jackson.[13] They married in October 2014.[14] Nate attended Hanford High School
Hanford High School
in Richland, WA. He was an avid skateboarder as well as BMX racer in the Washington St. Region. He also regularly contributes to the official Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
blog. At the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma show on September 30, 2015, Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl
introduced the band and stated that Nate flew home for the birth of his Son, Cormac Bloodmoon Mendel, and back the next day to be in Oklahoma City to play the show.

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Activism[edit] Nate Mendel
Nate Mendel
is outspoken about his unorthodox views on HIV & AIDS. In January 2000, he organized a sold-out concert in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
to benefit Alive & Well AIDS Alternatives, a group which questions the link between HIV & AIDS. In April 2000, MTV News reported that "The Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
have gone on record advocating Alive & Well, an alternative AIDS information group that questions the link between HIV and AIDS."[15] Responding to coverage of the Alive & Well benefit in Mother Jones magazine, Mendel wrote "I am not a medical professional, and I am relatively new to these questions, but I am convinced that those who have tested HIV positive and those sick with AIDS are being done a disservice by not having all the information available to them. Those who take the time to investigate will find that popular ideas about AIDS are based on a hypothesis that does not stand up to scientific scrutiny."[16] The Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
no longer list Alive & Well as a supported charity on their website as of 2008.[17] Discography[edit] Foo Fighters[edit] Main article: Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
discography

Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
(1995) (Doesn't play on the album, but appears in photos in booklet) The Colour and the Shape
The Colour and the Shape
(1997) There is Nothing Left to Lose
There is Nothing Left to Lose
(1999) One by One (2002) In Your Honor
In Your Honor
(2005) Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007) Wasting Light
Wasting Light
(2011) Sonic Highways
Sonic Highways
(2014) Concrete and Gold
Concrete and Gold
(2017)

Sunny Day Real Estate[edit]

Diary (1994) Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate
(1995)

The Fire Theft[edit]

The Fire Theft
The Fire Theft
(2003)

Lieutenant[edit]

If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going to Eat for a Week (2015)

The Nightwatchmen[edit]

The Fabled City
The Fabled City
(2008)

References[edit]

^ a b Grubbs, Eric (2008). Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore-1985-2007. iUniverse. pp. 71–72. ISBN 0595518354.  ^ a b c d e f g h Fox, Brian (August 4, 2011). "Mendelian Genesis". Bass Player. Retrieved 2012-08-25.  ^ "The Quiet One – Nate Mendel: My Story". Metal Hammer Presents...Foo Fighters. 2005.  ^ Grubbs (2008), pp.74–76 ^ Moll, James (director) (2011). Back and Forth (documentary). RCA.  ^ [1] Archived June 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Leor (March 17, 2009). " Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate
Reunion in 2009? Perfect Lines". Perfectlines.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2011-07-18.  ^ "Sub Pop Records". Subpop.com. Archived from the original on August 22, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.  ^ a b Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
Nate Mendel
Nate Mendel
on the Fender Precision Bass ^ Passarelli, Marco (February 2006). "Honor Roll". Bass Player.  ^ " Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
Monkey Wrench Live". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-07-18.  ^ " Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
– Monkey Wrench (Live in Bucknell University
Bucknell University
2000)". Youtube. Retrieved 2013-08-27.  ^ "Backbeat: Head and the Heart Play Three Sold-Out NYC Dates, Mgm't Talks New Projects" Published September 28, 2011; Accessed December 12, 2011. ^ "Heart Song, C Magazine" ^ Odiaga (4 April 2000). "FOO FIGHTERS QUESTION LINK BETWEEN HIV, AIDS". MTV News.  ^ Letters to the Editor, Mother Jones magazine, 10 March 2000. Accessed 20 October 2006. ^ Charities supported by the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
Accessed 25 April 2008. Archived July 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

v t e

Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl Nate Mendel Pat Smear Taylor Hawkins Chris Shiflett Rami Jaffee

William Goldsmith Franz Stahl

Studio albums

Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape There Is Nothing Left to Lose One by One In Your Honor Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace Wasting Light Sonic Highways Concrete and Gold

EPs

Five Songs and a Cover Songs from the Laundry Room Saint Cecilia

Live albums

Skin and Bones

Compilations

Greatest Hits Medium Rare

Media

Everywhere but Home Skin and Bones Live at Wembley Stadium Foo Fighters: Back and Forth Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

Singles

"This Is a Call" "I'll Stick Around" "For All the Cows" "Big Me" "Exhausted" "Alone + Easy Target" "Monkey Wrench" "Everlong" "My Hero" "Walking After You" "Learn to Fly" "Stacked Actors" "Generator" "Breakout" "Next Year" "The One" "All My Life" "Times Like These" "Low" "Have It All" "Best of You" "DOA" "Resolve" "No Way Back"/"Cold Day in the Sun" "Miracle" "The Pretender" "Long Road to Ruin" "Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)" "Let It Die" "Wheels" "Rope" "White Limo" "Walk" "Arlandria" "These Days" "Bridge Burning" "Something from Nothing" "The Feast and the Famine" "Congregation" "What Did I Do? / God as My Witness" "Outside" "Saint Cecilia" "Run" "The Sky Is a Neighborhood"

Other songs

"Friend of a Friend" "Marigold" "The Line"

Concert tours

Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters
live performances Sonic Highways
Sonic Highways
World Tour Concrete and Gold
Concrete and Gold
Tour

Associated acts

Nirvana Late! Tenacious D Sunny Day Real Estate The Germs Scream Probot Killing Joke Queens of the Stone Age Nine Inch Nails Taylor Hawkins
Taylor Hawkins
and the Coattail Riders The Fire Theft Jackson United Me First and the Gimme Gimmes No Use for a Name Them Crooked Vultures The Birds of Satan The Wallflowers

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Discography Songs Awards and nominations Members 24 Hours of Foo

Book Category

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Sunny Day Real Estate

Jeremy Enigk Dan Hoerner Nate Mendel William Goldsmith Jeff Palmer Joe Skyward

Studio albums

Diary Sunny Day Real Estate How It Feels to Be Something On The Rising Tide

Live albums

Live

Related articles

Discography The Fire Theft Foo Fighters Mommyheads

Authority control

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