MOWER, the no-bullshit San Diego based powerhouse some have called “California’s hardest working band” formed in 1995 and created a scene that assaulted audiences with demo tapes, flyers, stickers and EPs to create up a following in their hometown.
After the track “Still Beside The Mask” and early shows with GWAR, Fear and a Vans Warped Tour date raised eyebrows in the music industry, the band signed to Suburban Noize Records and released their self titled debut in 2003 featuring a video for “Wrestle With The Pig” shot by Wild Orchid director Zalman King.
The group quickly stormed the rest of the country with an onslaught of insane live performances that left audiences stunned by the group’s relentless energy and in-your-face aggression. Mower took a cue from its punk rock roots and became a self-promoting machine, plastering their hometown and cities on the road with flyers and Mower stickers, which prompted several “cease and desist” letters.
With their 2006 sophomore effort Not For You recorded with legendary Snot/Soulfly guitarist Mikey Doling, Mower stepped up their game to compete in the big leagues. The album’s lead single Road Rage debuted on MTV’s Headbangers Ball and immediately jumped into heavy rotation on Sirius Satellite Radio’s hard rock channel, Hard Attack, where it spent four months in a row on the Devil’s Dozen, the weekly countdown show of the station’s most requested songs. A video for the track was shot on location on the streets of Los Angeles by Dale “Rage” Resteghini.
A second video from Not For You was shot in San Diego for the song “American Psycho” by Chris Gabriel.
Outburn Magazine gave Not For You a 9 out of 10 rating and Metal Edge Magazine said the disc contains “something for everybody.” The band took their live show on the road touring with heavy hitters like Soulfly, (Hed)pe, Diecast, Adema, doing arena shows with Disturbed, Papa Roach and Kottonmouth Kings, opening for the genre’s powerhouses System Of A Down, Deftones, Linkin Park, Stone Sour, P.O.D., Staind, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, and Shadows Fall. At their peak Mower opened shows for both Metallica and Slayer in the same week. Touring Japan to support the Japanese releases of Mower’s discs even gave the band a taste of international success as well as crossing south of the border into Mexico on numerous occasions.
Recorded in Los Angeles, CA with producer Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, Ill Nino), 2009’s Make It A Double includes nine Mower tracks that focus on harnessing the band’s notorious live energy and rewarding their hardcore fans with as much humor, sarcasm and full-on antagonism as possible. Mower’s jazz alter-ego, Slower, makes their recorded debut with six new tracks including the Slower version of “Road Rage” with another video shot on location in San Diego by Chris Gabriel. Make It A Double starts out with a song called The Party, a “takes-one-to-know-one” stab at Hollywood and all things VIP, and degenerates from there.
The network of sponsors surrounding Mower included heavyweights Jagermeister, Ampeg, Schecter Guitars, Dean Markley Strings, SRH Productions, Sik World Productions, No Fear, Lost Enterprises, Tribal Streetwear, and Seedless Clothing.
The band toured relentlessly and endured countless departing members with the trio of Brian Sheerin, Dominic Moscatello and Chris McCredie making up the core of the band since the early days of the group. In October 2010 they flew to Wichita, KS to play a show that would begin what became a four year hiatus which saw McCredie and Moscatello carry on with Mower’s jazz alter-ego, Slower, becoming a corporate event band and the launch of their punk rock cover band, F.O.A. Sheerin fired up a new rock n’ roll project called Audio Addiction.
The trio remained supportive of their respective bands and in March of 2013 decided it would be fun to throw a big show in their hometown and bring together friends and fans from across the country for a great night of hard rock in Southern California.
Mower reunited for one San Diego show Saturday August 3, 2013 at House Of Blues San Diego performing for a packed house of friends and fans. The hype surrounding the show brought an offer to headline a show in Colorado Springs on Saturday August 17, 2013.
Clips from the evening were posted by to YouTube www.ROCKwellUnScene.com
The band also performed with P.O.D. On March 22, 2014 at the grand opening of San Diego Harley Davidson on a day that drew over 7,000 people to the event.