[Cover photo credit to Stephanie Cabral, l-r: Brandon Mendenhall, Alyce Hayes, Justin Luebeck, Nate Stockton, Mike Lira]
The Hard Rock outfit The Mendenhall Experiment (TMX) was formed in 2008 by guitarist/songwriter Brandon Mendenhall who was born with the incurable neurological disease Cerebral Palsy which limits mobility on the left side of his body. Mendenhall learned how to play guitar, which eventually aided in the rehabilitation of movement in his left hand without surgical intervention.
Enlisting bassist Nathan Stockton, who also overcame his disability of childhood deafness, TMX eventually became the subject of the award-winning documentary Mind Over Matter. The band have since released music with guest artists including James “Munky” Shaffer (Korn) and Danny Lohner (NIN, A Perfect Circle) and performed in front of audiences across the country. TMX have shared their new single, “Bury Your Casket,” about the lifespan of relationships.
Guitarist/songwriter Mike Lira says:
Relationships are sometimes meant to die in order to move onto the next evolutionary chapter. Sometimes that can be one of the hardest things in life to accept.
In life, death is the only absolute; everything else is subject to change. Everyone you befriend along the way is a lesson, good, bad or indifferent, and as you grow and progress your circle gets smaller.
TMX have also shared a peek inside the recording process for their album Against All Odds and they will be playing the Inkcarceration Festival in Mansfield, OH this summer where they’ll be performing on the Campground stage on Saturday, July 16.