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, Played Uprising, 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 released thier debut album 'Life Absurd' to a great critical reception and are going heavy into the live arena supporting it going into 2020.
- 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.
This band are definitely ones to watch, their energy on stage is captivating, the crowd are on side very quickly cheering them after every song... - RAMzine
...A very competent band who have built an amazing metal world of their own creation which is thunderous, ravenous and quite eccentric - Music 224
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)
"The album is just as madcap and frenetic as their stage show, and makes you feel what I imagine clothes must feel in a tumble dryer!" - Ever Metal (7.5/10)
Sad news folks! As initially mentioned on our album anniversary stream, we now officially announce Bens amicable departure from the band to focus on working in the NHS. We wholeheartedly support his decision, especially now during this epidemic. He has also been playing through intense muscle pain that had been flaring up out of the blue the past year, especially throughout our last run of shows where the frequent gigging took it's toll. Ben had catapulted us from a drum-machine cabaret act to a force to be reckoned with as our rhythm bulldozer and it's been fantastic sharing the highs and lows of the past 2 years with such a talent hitting things with sticks! If the M2TM competition continues, they will be the final shows with Ben at the helm but otherwise we wish him all the best in his medical career.
Stay safe, we will see you on the other side with our revitalized live show!
- Mad Spanner
Mad Spanner proceed into the semi-finals of the Metal 2 The Masses competition! Check out the review of the night by Ever Metal here: https://ever-metal.com/2020/03/05/bloodstock-m2tm-north-wales-heat-1-29-02-20/
Check out our interview with Simon Redtank over at HRH punk radio backstage at Smashfest, Birmingham!
Mike talks about all his horror prefferences over in this interview by Games, Braaains and a headbanging life.
Chronicling our misadventures at Bloodstock Festival this year (mainly in Midgard!), we bring our our music video for 'Drinking The Drunk Away', now live on facebook and Youtube!
Mike talks about a wide range of subjects from the band origins, scenes in different areas, the music industry, favourate shows and albums and our experiences being in a band. Check it out here!
Our debut album has arrived with all the fury of a receeding fury on bandcamp! Listen to and buy here!
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
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!
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
M2TM Semi-final: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh2LGoys6Zc
Ever Metal review: https://ever-metal.com/category/gig-review/
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/
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
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 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
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
Supporting I Assassin and Netherway
Supporting I Assassin
Headline show with Plutonium and Dread for support.
headlining with Termite TV for support
Supporting Sourheads with 10:59.
Playing with Abominate, Redwood Avenue and Gods Of The Apocalypse with Obey as Guest Headliners
Competing with Redwood Avenue and Cadence Noir with guest headliners Witch Tripper
Vaults Stage, Act 1: 3.40, Act 2: 4.40
Mad Spanner on top of the bill with Viral Strain, Deadlock Saints, Building Giants and Boogeyman & The Ghouls.
Competing at the Metallum Competition, heat 3 with Parson City, Brood Mother and Mystiek.
Headlining with Plutonium for support
Competing with Flight 15, Tear It Down and Millitia Inc with guests Canis headlining
Supporting Ashen Crown with Voidlurker and Villainous
Suporting Recall The Remains with Fall Of Usand Enemo-J
Mad Spanner headline Charlies public birthday bash, with Lullaby For A Unicorn and Dead Mob for support
Wrexham metal all dayer!
Main stage - HECATE ENTRONED, All Consumed, Abominate, MAD SPANNER, Scars Of Rememberance, Emisaries Of Syn
2nd Stage - CADENCE NOIR, Gorehead, Ragnarok Bad Earth, Scarfoot
With Get Rekt, Nebula State and Parson City
Full 65 minute minute show, fancy dress!
Supporting Proteus with Triverse Massacre
Supporting Ashborn with Siderian, Get Rekd and Broken Lungs
Performing our full show with Bodach
8.30pm Lullaby For A Unicorn
9.30pm Mad Spanner
10.30pm Footprints In The Custard
I Saw The World Burn God 950-1030
God Shaped Devil 900-930
Sin Theta 645-715
Fate of the Fallen 600-630
Mad Spanner 515-545
Album Launch show
Supporting Recall The Remains with At Dawn We Attack and Titan a Deity
Supporting Footprints In The Custard 'A New Low' album launch party with Novacrow and Riased By Owls.
with scarfoot, thrashatouille, midnight prophecy, bloodyard.
Supporting At Dawn We attack
Headlining and MCing Albnert Sheds Jam Night!
Suporting Pork, with Insomniacs and Glass Towns
with Ward XVI, morti Viventi and 13 for the Friday Lineup.
Supporting Gutlocker, with Ascaris and Big Black Eye
9pm, special homecoming christmas party!
Charity event with Lullaby For A Unicorn, Twisted Illusion, Callus, Scars Of Rememberance, Cry For Mercy, Edd Case, Severenth, Cadence Noir, God-Shaped Devil, Reaper and In Depths.
With Fighting In Someones House
With Thrashatouille for suport.
With Broodmother & Krank for support.
With support from Skullfox & Big Black Eye
With Angry Itch and At Dawn We Attack. More TBA
With Face Up, Wired, Leech Bleeders, Brassick, At Dawn We Attack, Rotunda & Ashen Crown
With The Jungle Boys, Portrail of Ruin, Orbital Alignment & Severenth.
With Sick Pins, The bitten, Erection Police supporting Pizza Tramp
Competing agaisnt Cry For Mercy and White Mammoth for a place in the semi finals