Nathan Gregor Nate Mendel is an American bassist 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.
Mendel was born on December 2, 1968, in Richland, a midsized 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, a friend who played guitar suggested him to play bass guitar. Mendel stated that as I picked up that bass guitar I went on a 20year detour into punk, helped by his town usually having concerts of DIY punk bands such as Scream. 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.