After randomly being played on Radio 2’s Simon Mayo show last week courtesy of a fan request, Deth frontman Pete “Qualcast Koffee Perkulator Mutilator” Lee ended up on the show the following night giving a brief interview. For those who don’t know, Radio 2 is the place where grown-ups used to go to escape the vapid chart-friendly shit being broadcast on Radio 1. As such, it has historically been “easy listening” or “classic” material.
So Lawnmower Deth are now classic rock. It’s official. Note that this doesn’t stop them being so awful that none of the songs played on the radio were their own work – all three that Mayo played were covers, and none were played in full. Mind you, if anyone had requested their shortest track so that it would fit into the time slow, Mayo may have taken it as an insult…
Anyway, as a result of the blast of publicity (including the announcement of their fifth Download appearance) someone suggested having as shot at getting the band’s cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” to number 1 for Christmas. Hey, why not, eh? Anything to try and knock some real shit (i.e. anything to do with Simon Cowell) off the top spot has to be worth a few pennies.
Of those pennies, any which find their way to Lawnmower Deth themselves will be donated to the wonderful S.O.P.H.I.E. charity, which the lads have supported for many years now. The full press release follows with all the details, but your mission is this:
Between December 19th and 25th, pick up a copy of Lawnmower Deth’s “Kids in America”. It’s 79p on iTunes or 99p on Google Play. It’s also a cracking song. Buy umpteen copies. It’s not like there’s anything else to blow your money on at this time of year anyway.
More details over on the facebook group.
Thanks to the most unlikely of sources, 80’s thrash metal bozo clowns are at it (somewhat) again.
After their recent appearances on BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo Drivetime programme, fans have taken to social media to launch a campaign to get the band’s cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” to top the Christmas Charts akin to the Rage Against the Machine campaign of years ago.
Frontman Qualcast Mutilator comments:
OK, this is getting weird now. First we get played on Radio 2, then we get invited on to do an interview on the show, off the back of that we get invited to play Download Festival for a FIFTH time and now people out there want us to be Xmas No.1 – I’m going to wake up soon and it’s all going to have been some kind of dream.
But when the discussion of money came up on social media, the band were quick to respond that all their portion of any kind of profits would be donated again to the S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation.
We’re not convinced from downloads (as most of the Charts are measured by nowadays) it will make much. If it makes a bit we’ll donate the lot. If it makes enough to buy us yachts we’ll make a donation. S.O.P.H.I.E is our nominated charity of choice.
Lawnmower Deth have a history with S.O.P.H.I.E and a close relationship with the Lancaster family. They have had success raising money and awareness for the charity on previous occasions. In 2013, the band held an online auction and raffle which culminated with the band’s Xmas show at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham and raised an estimated total of around £14,000.
The band will be performing live at:
- Rock City on December 19th, 2015
- Hammerfest 2016 (10th-13th March)
- Download Festival (9th-12th June 2016)
- Rock and Bike Fest (14th-16th July, 2016)
When asked if there would be a “Free Concert” or any new material as per RATM the band simply state “at this point we’ve learned to never say never”.