Bay area heavyweights Skinlab and San Diego based Mower have joined forces for the “Sons of a Sik World Tour” presented by Sik World Clothing. The tour is slated to kick off September 23rd in Denver, CO running throughout October featuring tons of giveaways from Sik World Clothing throughout the tour.
“’The ‘Sons of a Sik World’ tour is going to be great because we get to play for a metal audience. Skinlab is fucking heavy and we’re going to have to bring that same energy each night. Mower began in the San Diego metal and hardcore scene and now we’ll have a chance to step back into that groove for this run,” says Mower’s Brian Sheerin. “These shows are going to be fun and we’re happy that Skinlab invited us to join them. They’ve made a brutal new record and I know there are a lot of Skinlab fans that are excited to see them perform live and so are we.”
Skinlab have recently released their new album “The Scars Between Us” via Stand And Deliver Records. The band’s video for the song “In for the Kill” can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNRXuDMuLmA&feature=player_embedded. The clip, which features appearances by UFC fighter Nate Quarry and Greg Thompson, has been receiving airplay on Headbangers Ball. The group’s new album debuted at #3 most added on the FMQB METAL Charts and has been already been receiving critical and fan acclaim.
Mower is currently touring in support of their third album, “Make It A Double”, which was produced by Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, 36 Crazyfists). The album is comprised of nine hard hitting Mower songs and six tracks from the group’s new jazz lounge alter – ego, Slower. The album also features guest appearances by Rob Caggiano (Anthrax), Mikey Doling (Snot), Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour) and Fernando Apodaca (Mad Juana).
SIK WORLD is one of the World’s premiere lifestyle brands, with their self-proclaimed “funny and offensive shirts ” being worn by artists including Aerosmith, Cypress Hill, Shadow’s Fall, Slayer, Ministry, Emimen, Children of Bodom, Avenged Sevenfold, All That Remains, Skinlab, Chimaira, and more.
SKINLAB & MOWER ‘SONS OF SIK WORLD’ TOUR:
Sep 23 – Denver, CO @ CASSELMAN’S
Sep 24 – Salina, KS @ THE BLUE GO
Sep 25 – Fargo, ND @ THE NESTOR TAVERN
Sep 26 – Saint Paul, MN @ THE ROCK
Sep 27 – Grand Rapids, MI @ WHISKEY LOUNGE
Sep 29 – Detroit, MI @ HAYLOFT
Sep 30 – Cleveland, OH @ PEABODY’S CONCERT CLUB
Oct 01 – Allentown, PA @STARLIN HOTEL
Oct 03 – Herkimer, NY @ THE RIDES
Oct 04 – Clifton, NJ @ DINGBS
Oct 07 – Richmond, VA @ ALLEY KZ
Oct 08 – Spartanburg, SC@ GROUND ZERO
Oct 09 – Murfreesboro, NC@ ZAKK’S COFFEEHOUSE
Oct 10 – Marietta, GA @ THE LOCAL CONCERT VENUE
Oct 14 – San Antonio, TX @ ZOMBIES
Oct 15 – El Paso, TX @ UNCLE PAULIE’S
Oct 16 – Farmington, NM GORS BAR & GRILL
Oct 17 – Mesa, AZ @UB’S
Oct 23 – Oakland, CA @ THE UPTOWN
Oct 24 – Orangevale, CA @ THE BOARDWALK
Mower Offer Update from Hedpe Tour
and Reveal New Album Title
Mower “Make It A Double” In Stores July 28th, 2009
San Diego, CA’s Mower are currently tearing up the US and shredding audiences alongside Hedpe on the “New World Orphans” Tour with Dirtball and DGAF. The band has checked in with the following update from the road:
“We’re happy to be back out on the road with our friends in (Hed)pe, they are totally destroying it these days. Every night Mower whips the crowd into pits, they’re screaming, chanting, having a great time and we leave the stage thinking we just saw the place go crazy,” says Mower’s Brian Sheerin. “Then (Hed)pe takes the stage with this catalog of songs everyone loves, great covers and they flip the whole crowd on its head. It’s amazing to see them in action and it ups our game every night. You add DGAF and The Dirtball to the mix and you get a really great value for your ticket money. We’re really happy to be a part of this one as the underground is where it’s at right now.”
Mower have titled their upcoming new album “Make It A Double” and set a July 28th, 2009 release date through Suburban Noize Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, CA with producer Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, 36 Crazyfists) and will include nine new Mower songs along with six songs by Mower’s jazz lounge alter-ego, Slower. Weaving together numerous musical styles from hard rock to jazz, Mower’s “Make It A Double” dives farther into the group’s hardcore roots to unleash their heaviest songs to date while experimenting with slower tempos, creepy riffs and hazy mellow tones on the Slower side of the album.
“With ‘Not For You’ our mindset was to write good songs in any style we felt like. Amongst all the punk, metal, industrial and whiskey tracks we did was this trippy jazz/lounge number called ‘L.A. Riot’, which was the genesis of our new alter-ego, Slower,” says Sheerin. “As ‘Make It A Double’ developed we created Slower songs by completely remanufacturing tracks from the first two albums and we were able to experiment with a new vibe. That allowed us to focus on making the new Mower material heavy across the board. ”
MOWER ON TOUR WITH HEDPE:
Apr 15 Poplar Grove IL @ Chubby Rain House of Tunes
Apr 16 Madison WI @ The Annex
Apr 17 Milwaukee WI @ The Eagles Club (The Rave)
Apr 18 Neenah WI @ Revolutions Ballroom
Apr 19 Detroit, MI @ Harpos Concert Theatre
Apr 20 Indianapolis, IN @ Birdy’s
Apr 23 Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live
Apr 24 St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
Apr 25 Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field – WJRR’s Earthday Birthday
Apr 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Apr 28 Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy’s
Apr 29 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr 30 Little Rock, AR @ The Village
May 01 Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
May 02 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
May 04 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
May 05 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
May 06 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
Mower Added To San Diego, CA Date of Rockstar Mayhem Festival Featuring Slipknot & Disturbed
San Diego, CA’s Mower have been added to the July 16th San Diego, CA date of the Rockstar Music Mayhem Festival featuring Slipknot and Disturbed. The band will be performing alongside metal heavyweights like Machine Head, 36 Crazyfists and Five Finger Death Punch in the group’s hometown.
“THANK YOU! That’s what you say about performing on the Jagermeister stage in San Diego on the biggest tour of the summer, the Rockstar Mayhem Festival,” says frontman Brian Sheerin. “We’re wrapping up the new Mower CD this month and we’ve got some heavy new material we’re looking forward to playing at Mayhem.”
Mower recently entered a Los Angeles, CA recording studio with producer Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, Ill Nino, 36 Crazyfists, Dry Kill Logic) to record their upcoming new album. The album is a split release with six brand new Mower songs and six songs from the group’s jazz alter ego Slower. Slower is comprised of the Mower band members performing jazz and lounge versions of Mower songs.
“We’ve a couple guest guitarists, guest vocals, string sections keyboards and percussion for this album. Stay tuned in the coming weeks and we’ll announce a pretty sick list of musicians that have been collaborating with us in the studio,” Sheerin says. “Our writing style changed in that there are more songs about events that we lived through and people in our lives, but our sarcasm hasn’t faded one bit and neither has our sense of humor.”
The band recently released a video for the track “American Psycho”.
The track appears on the group’s critically acclaimed sophomore effort, “Not For You”, which saw them tour the US relentlessly alongside (Hed)p.e. and Diecast. The album’s lead single “Road Rage” was one of most requested tracks on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Hard Attack for twelve consecutive weeks.
MOWER TOUR DATES:
July 10 2008 Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
July 16 2008 San Diego, CA @ Coors Ampitheatre
July 19 2008 San Diego, CA @ Cane Bar & Grill
I must admit that Mower is far better than I ever could have expected. Pinpointing the band’s style is a little more difficult than I expected. There are elements of hardcore, a little bit thrash, mixed with a little bit of stoner rock for good measure. Within the songs, I can hear elements of early Metallica fused with Anthrax, Rob Zombie and a small dash of Black Sabbath. The energy in the songs captivates my ears with every spin.
While I release this type of rock may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Mower’s latest CD, Not For You is one worth checking out. My favorite cuts so far are American Psycho, Look Away, U-Turn, Road Rage, and the thrashing cover of California Dreamin’.
Mower is the second metal band that I have heard lately using a dual vocal approach (the first being Atreyu.) The mixture of Brian Sheerin and Dominic Moscatello is a little different than Atreyu’s approach. One singer is all metal, the other is hardcore. It makes for an intersting mix.
Not For You is a short listen. It has 15 songs clocking in at roughly 39 minutes. Most of the songs here are less than 3 minutes in length. To me, it is the shorter length on the songs that makes this disc more listenable. If you like you music on the heavier side, Mower may be an act for you to get a quick Metal fix.
Rating: Out of 10
1. American Psycho
2. Road Rage
3. 10′ X 10′
4. The End
5. Look Away
6. Broken Hands
8. General Admission
11. Not For You
12. L.A. Riot
15. California Dreamin’