Lawnmower Deth were formed in Nottingham, England in 1987 by Chris Flint and Joseph Whitaker School mates Pete Lee, Steve Nesfield and Chris Parkes. They were later joined by Gavin ‘Paddy’ O’Malley after the band were introduced to him by the influencial Sabbat as a second guitarist. He was later sacked following an show with NWOBHM legends Saxon, and was replaced by Kevin Papworth (ex Acid Reign).
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 studioalbum, Ooh Crikey, It´s… Lawnmower Deth. This was quickly followed the following year with their only single, their notorious cover version of Kim Wildes Kids In America.
Lawnmower Deth´s second studio album, 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. The band to broke 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.
The one off became a permanent fixture on the festival circuit and they now appear as a continual 5 piece and occasional 6 piece (dependent on Papworths world touring commitments) and claim to be one of only three bands you can name who have kept their original line up for 30 years.
Since then they have played Bloodstock, Download (a whopping 5 times), Damnation, Hard Rock Hell, Beermaggedon and Hammerfest. Their Christmas shows and usually only club shows of each annum are rapidly becoming a thing of legend.
2014 saw the re-release of their classic first full album ‘Ooh Crikey’ on Earache records after mass demand from both their label and fans alike. All profits were directed to the SOPHIE cause of which the band have had a close affinity in the past couple of years.
2015 finally saw the band return to Bloodstock after a 4 year absence whilst also headling Wildfire Festival in Scotland and a first time visit to the Camden Rocks Festival in London.
2016 just sees life get more bizarre. Having now being adopted by the Radio 2’s The Simon Mayo show following a listeners confession, live appearances on the show have ensued and the band have now supplied the theme to his weekly Wednesday night slot for the Dr. Mosh feature.
Who would have predicted Lawnmower Deth airplay on Radio 2 on a weekly basis! A new track, the first in 22 years in the form of I Am Cob has now been released as a free track available on Download Festivals website.
The track was given it’s world exclusive on Mayos show. Released to acclaim from the Lawnmower faithful many have proclaimed it to ‘rock like a bastard’. Events continue for the year with a return to Wales for Hammerfest / Hard Rock Hell already done, next stop is a 5 th , (yes 5!!) appearance at Castle Donington for Download Festival. Rumours continue to be rife around the bands appearance though no clarification has been given one report suggests the appearance “will be Wild!.”. A first for the band will be The Rock & Bike Festival, and plans are afoot for a club to close the year.
What will happen going forward will be in true Lawnmower fashion. Unplanned, not thought through and generally waiting phone to ring is life in LMD with a large dash of never expect the expected. If it’s interesting, fun, challenging or a different way to do things, we are there.
To date O’Malley has not been sacked again although a TBC date is always in the offing given his diabolical taste in jokes and inability to decide on what pre gig meal he should eat.
Updated June 2016