Som Wardner performing live
|Birth name||Som Wardner|
|Born||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Genres||Alternative rock, post-punk, post-grunge, shoegazing, nu gaze|
|Occupations||Musician, singer-songwriter, composer|
|Labels||Euro: Infectious, Warner, PIAS
USA & Japan: Epic
|Associated acts||My Vitriol, Shock Syndrome|
Gibson SG Junior
Wardner's family emigrated to the UK when he was 10 years old. He was educated at St. Olave's Grammar School in Orpington, Kent where his family relocated to. As a teenager, he formed punk rock band Shock Syndrome with classmates, which went onto local popularity, but split upon departure of the three members to the University.
Wardner formed cult alternative rock band My Vitriol whilst a student at University College London. He was the sole composer on their critically acclaimed album Finelines, released on Infectious Records (Warner Music Group) and Epic/Sony Music in the United States and Japan. The band had Top 40 hits in the UK, appearing on TV shows such as Top of the Pops, however Wardner called an unexpected hiatus for the group just as the act was breaking into the mainstream, leading to much speculation and mystery surrounding the group's departure from the spotlight.
Despite only one full length record to their name, the group have been credited with influencing many newer artists, and ushering in an effect-laden genre labelled NuGaze, ironically a moniker coined humorously by Wardner during an interview in 2003.
Wardner regrouped My Vitriol in 2006 to perform a sell out show at the 1,500 capacity Koko in London. The band have been performing since, going on to play prominent festival slots such as Download Festival, and headlining the Guilfest and Offset Festival. My Vitriol released 'A Pyrrhic Victory' EP, and a two sold-out UK tour followed in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, the band embarked upon headline tours across Europe, and performed two headline shows in Tokyo, Japan.