Lawnmower Deth Biography
Lawnmower Deth are an English thrash metal band who parodied the genre and recorded three-and-a-half albums. Initially active in the late 1980s and early 1990s, they reformed in 2008.
Lawnmower Deth were formed in Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire, England in 1987 by Chris Flint and Joseph Whitaker School mates Pete Lee, Steve Nesfield and Chris Parkes, along with Gavin ‘Paddy’ O’Malley from Colwick, Nottingham.
Their first official release was a split album with Metal Duck. Lawnmower Deth’s side of the record was entitled Mower Liberation Front and positive responses led to their debut studio album, Ooh Crikey, It’s… Lawnmower Deth. Lawnmower Deth’s second studio album, Return of the Fabulous Metal Bozo Clowns, was released in 1992. For this release Paddy was replaced by Kev Papworth.
The band covered several famous songs in their time, including Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain”, Motörhead’s self-titled song, Squeeze’s “Up the Junction”, The Osmonds’ “Crazy Horses”, and Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” which was released as the band’s only single in 1991.
Return of the Fabulous Metal Bozo Clowns was released in 1992. The band’s sense of humour extended into their cheap but enjoyable music videos. Both “Kids in America” and “Lawnmowers for Heroes, Comics for Zeros”, the latter from Metal Bozo Clowns, were recorded on home video cameras and edited in an amateur fashion.
The band’s third and to date latest studio album, Billy, was released in 1993. The band tried to take a slightly different direction on the album, verging towards the kind of pop punk feel pioneered by the likes of Green Day at the time, with most of the band’s thrash metal roots left behind. Poor sales and less popular live dates led the band to break up later on that year.
Lawnmower Deth announced that they would be reuniting to support Welsh metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine for a one off gig on 15 November 2008 at the Alexandra Palace in London.
Their first half-album, Mower Liberation Front was re-released on vinyl and CD in April 2012. It came with the associated Metal Duck half-album Quack Em All and a selection of bonus tracks including the 1988 demo Mowdeer. Early purchasers received a DVD of a concert at Nottingham Rock City from 26 November 1990.
On 20 December 2013, the band played a headline set at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. Also on the bill were Line of Fire (featuring Deth member Paddy on guitars), reformed thrash outfit Re-Animator playing their first gig in 25 years, and the also recently reformed Xentrix. The concert and associated raffles, etc. raised money for the hate awareness charity S.O.P.H.I.E. and in excess of £4,500 was collected.
On 2 December 2015, they exploded back onto the UK music scene when they were mentioned by a contributor to the BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Drivetime shows’ ‘Drivetime Confessions’. Simon Mayo managed to locate a track from Lawnmower Deth and played the cover track of ‘Kids in America’ on air. As a result the BBC stated that they were flooded with calls regarding the band wanting to know more. As a follow up, on the 3rd December 2015, Simon Mayo called Peter Lee and discovered that Peter had been washing up at the time on the 2nd and, immediately after the airing of ‘Kids In America’, his telephone didn’t stop ringing.
- HRH Metal Festival – February 12, 2017
- Hammerfest – March 12, 2016
- Bloodstock Festival – August 12, 2011
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