Helmet was formed in New York City in 1989 by founding members Page Hamilton (guitar), Henry Bogdan (bass), Peter Mengede (guitar) and John Stanier (drums). The group signed to Ampthetamine Reptile Records, and released their first full-length album, Strap It On, in 1990. Interscope Records soon came calling and signed the band in 1992.
The band found mainstream success with their Interscope debut Meantime which debuted at number 68 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the hits “Unsung” and “In the Meantime”. After releasing two more albums, Helmet broke up in 1998, before leader Page Hamilton put together a new lineup in 2004.
In 2011 Helmet announced the European Meantime Anniversary Tour running from 5 March to 8 April 2012 encompassing 28 shows in Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium and the UK during which they intend to play the whole of the 20 year old "Meantime" album.
In 2014, Helmet are touring to celebrate 20 years of their third album "Betty".