Frantic, bizarre and utterly wild. Introducing Mad Spanner! Always seeking to put the absurd onstage, dedicated to delivering an intense tornado of a show with energy and passion unparalleled!
The band was founded by frustrated comedian Michael Randall who escaped the peace and complacency of his welsh seaside hometown to the quintessentially English, very ‘Mr Kipling’ town of Shrewsbury, much closer to the West Midlands punk and metal scene. After a couple of months writing, recording and uploading the demo album ‘The Wrong Shade of Orange’ on bandcamp, he is later joined by Dan Ashley on shred-guitar and resident rhythm bulldozer Ben Codd on the drums to complete the band. Together, they target the stage to unleash a performance in mania, blurring the lines between delirious laughter and existential fury delivered with proficient musicianship and a punk attitude.
Megadeth, Strapping Young Lad, Footprints In The Custard, Oaf, Napalm Death, Carpathian Forest, Sikth, Discharge and Phillip Glass are all to blame for influencing Mad Spanners sound, coupled with an experimental approach to song writing with a wide range of inspiration. From chicken phobias (‘Alektorophobic Nosebleed’), humankinds relationship with technology (‘Get Off Your Bastard Phone, You Anti-Social Dickhead’/ ‘Forced To Use A Shitty Drum Machine’), unfortunate accidents (‘I Didn’t Kick Your Dog’, ‘I Was Caught Shitting In A Plastic Bag’), Insecticidal Conscience (Massacre Of The Flies) and existentialist angst (Wrongshade, Escape Into Reality) – the band dizzily celebrates the weird and absurd.
Heavily involved and supportive in the live music scene with Michael co-mangaging Born To Lose putting on shows helping the scene grow, Mad Spanner have enthusiastically supported I Assassin,The Sourheads, Ashen Crown, Proteus, Footprints In The Custard and Hecate Enthroned, reached the semi-finals of Metal 2 The Masses Wrexham and represented extreme music at the Rock N Bowl Festival, as well as headlining their own ravenously received, zero-bullshit sweat-fests all within thier first year. The band between are set to release their frantic debut album 'Life Absurd' and go hard promoting it smashing stages in thier defining second year!
- M.A.D. Randall, editor of ‘Hype In Third Person’ magazine that exists solely in imagination.
They are the 'Monty Python' of metal - Ever Metal
They don't waste a second of stage time having the whole crowd in thier hands. Rifftastic
Mad Spanner makes no attempt to hide its absurd sense of humour but the thrashy punk/grind is strong enough to stand on its own. - The Sound Not The Word
On Debut Album 'Life Absurd' -
An unholy clatter of whirlwind rhythms with lyrics spat out like a demented auctioneer. - Planet Mosh (5/5)
Mad Spanner are one to watch. It’s hard to make metal funny and the funnies metal, yet they pull it off with a special type of messy finesse - Rifftastic (8.5/10)
Outspoken...'Life Absurd' has a lot to say and you’re going to want to listen - Games, Brrraaains And A Headbanging Life (8/10)
Coming across like the alien love child of Discharge and Oaf, Mad Spanner are a breath of fresh air, bringing a dementedly absurd genius to the table. - Phoenix Rising (8/10)
Our debut album has arrived with all the fury of a receeding fury on bandcamp! Listen to and buy here!
Halloween party uploaded to Youtube!
We have uploaded our entire headline halloween show at the Albert Shed, Shrewsbury, containing 28 songs for your entertainment!
Check it out here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4RbGbbL5uM&t=1489s
Mad Spanner Process To The Metallum Semi Finals!
Despite some technical difficulties and instrumental misshaps, Mad Spanner and Parson City qualify for the semi finals of the Wolverhampton metallum competition! It's been so much fun recently, playing at Rebellion in Manchester to the sweatbox at the Giffard Arms in Wolves - this month has been full of surreal experiences. Long may they sontinue!
Wrexham & Rock And Bowl Highlights
A montage of both our festival debut at Rock and Bowl has been uploaded onto youtube! Ever Metal has also reviewed the Wrexham M2TM semi-finals on thier website. It has been an absolute blast and a privalege to play these shows and to meet and make friends with great musicians, promoters and members of staff. We didn't win the competition, but we will sharpen our riffs and teeth and come back next year, we celebrated at the Rock And Bowl regardless!
Rock & Bowl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE40xQaNEPU
Ever Metal review: https://ever-metal.com/category/gig-review/
Band merchandise for sale!
We are really excited to open our online merch store on bandcamp! You can find us selling our 'Life Absurd' t-shirt at our gigs, as well as the following link: https://madspanner.bandcamp.com/merch/life-absurd-t-shirt
Shirt design by Brutulz Art, you can find their page over here: https://www.facebook.com/Brutulzart/
Mad Spanner Proceed To M2TM Semi Finals!
After drawing names out of a hat, we were lucky enough to go first on the night. After a well-recieved set and after we watching the other competing bands, we got the call that we got through to the semi finals alongside Redwood Avenue and Abominate. Both of which will be joining us again in same bracket of the semi finals with Cadence Noir and Cobalt Collision, with Witch Tripper being the guest headliners! Sure to be a seriosuly tough night for the competition, but it is sure to be a packed out show and we will have a ton of fun as always. See you there! - Mike
Mad Spnner + Sourheads Live Review
Our night with The Sourheads and 10:59 has been documented over at rifftastic -https://rifftastic.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/04/15/THE-SOURHEADS-1059-MADSPANNER
Mad Spanner live at Percy's, Whitchurch!
Mad Spanner makes their live debut at percys bar this saturday, April 14th! It is a great privalege to be asked to support Sourheads on thier tour around the UK. Since moving to the midlands I have always wanted to play at this incredible-looking venue so I'm looking forward to playing our first audience outside Shrewsbury there! The event starts at 9pm and it's free entry so come on down, It's going to be a hell of a lot of fun! - Mike
Website Is Now Online!
Welcome! It feels great to have all of our information in one place, we will be updating this site very regularly to keep it current and relevevant. We are currently at work with new material getting ready for our tight 30 mins at M2TM, as well as scouting for any possible gigs. Much love and biscuits! - Mike
I Saw The World Burn God 950-1030 God Shaped Devil 900-930 Daybreaker 815-845 Autocracy 730-800 Sin Theta 645-715 Fate of the Fallen 600-630 Mad Spanner 515-545 Bloodmores 430-500 Atanamir 345-415 Shrike 300-330
Preston, The Ferret
Mar, 15 08:00 PM
Shrewsbury, Hole In The Wall
Mar, 29 07:00 PM
Album Launch show
Wolverhampton, Giffard Arms
Mar, 30 07:00 PM
Supporting Recall The Remains with At Dawn We Attack and Titan a Deity
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