MOWER announce reunion show!
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[Guided Missile Special People Club] 01 October 2015
Sebright Arms, London
Graham Coxon favourites MOWER are BACK! Signed to the Blur guitarist’s Transcopic label in 2001, Mower released their Coxon-produced debut album to critical acclaim, lead single ‘Na' making it as NME’s Single of the Week. Reinvigorated with a new lineup, the band recorded their second album with Mike Pelanconi and Stephen Street. Singles 'After Dark' and 'The Morning After' were championed by XFM’s John Kennedy and BBC Radio 2’s Jonathan Ross, while becoming BBC Radio 1 Singles of the Week for Zane Lowe. The band toured extensively with British Sea Power, Jet, Drugstore and The Futureheads in support of the album, People Are Cruel, garnering rave reviews for their raucous shows from Q, MOJO, NME, Time Out, The Fly, and Kerrang!. The record was Album of the Month for HMV and the band sold out their subsequent London shows with numerous celebrity fans in attendance.
After celebrating their biggest show to date, the band headed out on a national tour with their road crew, and by the end of third night found themselves without a bass player and manager. The next day, the remnants of the band proceeded with their next gig at the Leeds Festival, teaching their roadie the bass lines in the van on the journey. Mower had imploded: a fitting end for an explosive band.
Twelve years later, the band are back together for a rip-roaring London show at the Sebright Arms on 1st October 2015. The classic Mower line-up is made up of three unique sounding instrumentalists; singer, songwriter and guitarist Mat Motte (Mat Motte and The People That Hate Him, Shock Horror), John Barrett (Eat Lights Become Lights, Stats, Eugene McGuinness), and Nash Trevelyan (Wonder Lanes).
Mat’s sonic, angular, bunker buster guitars provide a pleasing juxtaposition to the warm pop melodies which has led to Mower being described as a ‘poppy Sonic Youth’. The real power in Mower comes from the driving force of the rhythm section. John is a 100-metres drummer, with machine-gun snares and large booming bass drums, his style fitting somewhere between Klaus Dinger and Topper Headon. Nash is precision player: her huge distortion and bass hooks reminiscent of Kim Deal and Krist Novoselic, cut straight through the sound, and it is this guttural low end that keeps the trio musically grounded.
MOWER are BACK. Be sure to catch them sounding louder and meaner than ever.
"The new millennium Kinks on speed!!!" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC RADIO 1
"MOWER fly admirably in the face of convention." - KERRANG!
"Pop music that douses itself in gasoline and plays with matches, always on the verge of some kinetically-satisfying explosion or self-destruction." - NME
“How Blur might have sounded had Coxon managed to wrest Damon Albarn’s hand from the creative tiller. Raucous and rowdy, this attitudinal album throbs with primal intensity....a sharp, self mocking wit worthy of Ray Davies.” - Q
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