Daggermouth is a Canadian pop punk band that was formed in 2004 in Vancouver. They started around early 2004 quickly building a solid reputation by touring with bands such as Moneen and SNFU. Their name is a reference to a robotic fish from the Family Guy episode "A Fish Out of Water".

OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresPop punk
Years active2004 (2004)–present (present)
MembersNick Leadlay
Kenny Lush
Dana W.R. Edwards
Dan Donald
Mikey Jurek
Past members
Kenny Lush
Stuart McKillop
Erik Nielsen
Dan Donald
Jarod Moschenross
Dana W.R. Edwards
Jonathan Heath
Tom Hillifer
Shayne Lundberg
Nick Leadlay


Daggermouth consisted of Nick Leadlay (vocals, formerly of the band Playboy Assassin), Kenny Lush (guitar, formerly of The Retreads), Stuart McKillop (guitar and vocals, formerly of End This Week With Knives), Erik Nielsen (bass), and Dan Donald (drums). Past members include drummer J.J. Heath and bass player Dana W.R. Edwards who now play in Vancouver based band Carpenter. Jarod Moschenross and Tom Hillifer also filled in on bass at certain points in time.

The band's sound is characterized by melodic vocals combined with pop-punk guitar riffs and basslines but with a more hardcore feel. Their name is a reference to a robotic fish from the Family Guy episode "A Fish Out of Water".

They signed to Feeding Frenzy Records in July 2005; the following month they recorded their debut album, which was expected for release later in the year.[1] In February 2006, they signed to State of Mind Recordings, who planned to re-issue the album later in the year.[2] In August 2006, the band embarked on a US tour, leading up to the September 2006 recording of their next album.[3] In October and November 2006, the band went on a Canadian tour.[4] Following this, "You Do This as a Fad" and "Fact Mike Peecher" from their forthcoming album were posted online.[5]

In February 2007, the band signed to Smallman Records in Canada, who were aware of the band since late 2005.[6] Turf Wars was released on March 1, 2007; it was promoted with a West Coast tour throughout the month, and another with This Is Hell, Comeback Kid, and Hostage Life.[7][8] They toured Canada alongside Set Your Goals, No Trigger, and Hostage Life.[9] Between June and August 2007, the band toured Canada and the US; the latter was accompanied by Dead Hearts, Seventh Star and Soldiers.[10][11] In September 2007, they went on an East Coast US tour with I Am the Avalanche; a second leg was held in November and December 2007.[12][13] In February 2008, the band went on a West Coast US tour, leading into a cross-country tour supporting Comeback Kid.[14][15] Leadlay left because of mental health issues and was temporarily replaced; the rest of the band ended up dropping off the tour amidst "a whole slew of personal and financial reasons".[16][17] By May 2008, they were in the process of writing new material.[18] In November 2008, Leadlay officially announced their indefinite hiatus[19] via a Myspace blog:

"Is Daggermouth over? Yes and no: Yes in the sense that right now we aren't playing shows/touring. We may not tour for a long time, if ever again to be honest. Will we ever play a show again? I don't know. The more time that passes the more I hope we do. I really would love to roll out to LA and SF and play some shows like the old days. Hell, lets bring it back to where we started and get Heads Up to play a back yard show with us in Pomona!!! At this point it's hard to tell. The one thing that is a definite possibility though is making a new record. I know that may not be enough for some of you and I understand that. But at this point for health reasons, for myself as well as some of the other members of Daggermouth it may be all we can offer. I miss making music and that's why we all start bands anyway is to make songs we are stoked on." [sic]

Shortly after the breakup, Turf Wars was pressed on vinyl by Animal Style Records.[20] The band says there is an album's worth of material demoed. Stu has since been involved in a number of projects and continues to record bands.[21] Members of the band formed Rust Belt Lights with other members of Dead Hearts and Get Back Up; similarly, members formed Downtime with others from Go It Alone.[22][23] McKillop formed In Bear Country in August 2009; they posted some songs on Myspace and played a few shows the following month.[24] Dan has also continued playing in other bands and is currently drumming for Winnipeg, MB based pop punk band, Elder Abuse. Kenny has become a professional wrestler and has toured Japan and Korea numerous times competing.[25] In October 2016 video surface of past members playing "Lassies Last Dance" sparking rumours of a reunion. In January the band confirmed that it is reuniting for Pouzza Fest in Montreal. March 2018 they announced their return with the release of their single "Ramen Noodle Doodle".[26] Currently Kenny and Dana have formed new band named Rest Easy


Year Album Label
2006 Stallone State of Mind
2007 Turf Wars State of Mind

Music videosEdit

  • Lassie's Last Dance (2006)


  1. ^ Paul, Aubin (July 3, 2005). "Feeding Frenzy signs Ten Count; new record from Daggermouth this Fall". Punknews.org. Retrieved November 1, 2021.
  2. ^ Shultz, Brian (February 25, 2006). "Daggermouth signs to State of Mind Recordings". Punknews.org. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  3. ^ Paul, Aubin (July 27, 2006). "Daggermouth". Punknews.org. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  4. ^ Reinecker, Meg (October 7, 2006). "Daggermouth (Canada)". Punknews.org. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  5. ^ Shultz, Brian (November 19, 2006). "Daggermouth post two new songs". Punknews.org. Retrieved February 5, 2022.
  6. ^ Reinecker, Meg (February 8, 2007). "Daggermouth signs to Smallman Records in Canada". Punknews.org. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
  7. ^ Paul, Aubin (February 14, 2007). "Daggermouth (West Coast)". Punknews.org. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
  8. ^ Paul, Aubin (April 13, 2007). "Daggermouth (Canada)". Punknews.org. Retrieved February 14, 2022.
  9. ^ Paul, Aubin (March 20, 2007). "Set Your Goals / Daggermouth / No Trigger / Hostage Life (Canada)". Punknews.org. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  10. ^ Reinecker, Meg (June 28, 2007). "Daggermouth". Punknews.org. Retrieved May 30, 2022.
  11. ^ Paul, Aubing (July 20, 2007). "Dead Hearts / Seventh Star / Daggermouth / Soldiers". Punknews.org. Retrieved May 30, 2022.
  12. ^ Reinecker, Meg (August 17, 2007). "I Am The Avalanche". Punknews.org. Retrieved May 30, 2022.
  13. ^ Paul, Aubin (November 2, 2007). "I Am the Avalanche / Daggermouth". Punknews.org. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  14. ^ Paul, Aubin (January 24, 2008). "Daggermouth (West Coast)". Punknews.org. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
  15. ^ Paul, Aubin (January 25, 2008). "Comeback Kid / Daggermouth / Crime in Stereo / Cancer Bats". Punknews.org. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
  16. ^ Paul, Aubin (February 27, 2008). "Daggermouth vocalist takes hiatus due to anxiety/depression issues". Punknews.org. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  17. ^ Shultz, Brian (March 1, 2008). "Daggermouth drops off Comeback Kid tour". Punknews.org. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  18. ^ Paul, Aubin (May 8, 2008). "Daggermouth writing, recording". Punknews.org. Retrieved June 15, 2022.
  19. ^ "Daggermouth go on hiatus". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. November 24, 2008. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  20. ^ Conoley, Ben (December 11, 2008). "Daggermouth to release 'Turf Wars' on Vinyl". Punknews.org. Retrieved June 20, 2022.
  21. ^ "RCR". Raincityrecorders.com. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  22. ^ Paul, Aubin (February 16, 2009). "Rust Belt Lights (ex-Daggermouth/Dead Hearts) post new material". Punknews.org. Retrieved October 3, 2022.
  23. ^ Yancey, Bryne (February 19, 2010). "Members of Go It Alone, Daggermouth form Downtime". Punknews.org. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  24. ^ Conoley, Ben (August 26, 2009). "Bear Country (Daggermouth) posts new tracks". Punknews.org. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  25. ^ [1][dead link]
  26. ^ "Daggermouth "Ramen Noodle Doodle"". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 23 December 2018.

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