Latest news: Tue, Jun 16 2015, KEN MODE
KEN mode's sixth full-length 'Success' has now been released worldwide. The album is currently streaming via Metal Hammer (UK) and Stereogum as official media partners. On further news, KEN mode are kicking off their North American tour today. All shows are listed below.
The Winnipeg power trio comments on 'Success': "Some of you are going to love this, some of you are going to hate it. This is a time warp for us, back to a simpler time; to when we were 15 and excited to be listening to NIRVANA, COP SHOOT COP, THE VSS, DRIVE LIKE JEHU, and CIRCUS LUPUS - and NOT fitting in with anyone we knew. This is the record we as a band needed to make, and as an artist, it is the most proud I am of any piece of art I have been a part of making, both sonically and visually. People will file these things where they want, so pigeon-hole away."
The artwork of 'Success', which was designed by acclaimed Winnipeg based fine artist Randy Ortizcan can be viewed below along with the tracklist.
KEN mode are playing a string of album release shows in North America. All dates can be viewed below:
16 Jun 15 Toronto, ON (CA) The Shop (Parts & Labour) (+Fight Amp +The Great Sabatini)
17 Jun 15 Montreal, QC (CA) Turbo Haus (+Fight Amp +The Great Sabatini)
18 Jun 15 Brooklyn, NY (US) St. Vitus (+Fight Amp +Pyrrhon +Couch Slut)
19 Jun 15 Philadelphia, PA (US) Kung Fu Necktie (+Fight Amp)
20 Jun 15 Columbus, OH (US) Ace of Cups (+Fight Amp +Lo-Pan)
21 Jun 15 Chicago, IL (US) The Burlington (+Fight Amp +Gobo's Cvit)
26 Jun 15 Winnipeg, MB (CA) The Goodwill (+Pop Crimes +Teethmarks)
'Success' represents a bold move towards sounds that originally inspired the band at the beginning sixteen years ago. The album can be ordered in various formats directly through the Season of Mist shop.
KEN mode recorded 'Success' with legendary engineer Steve Albini (NIRVANA, THE JESUS LIZARD, PJ HARVEY) to capture the material in a fully live and analogue session in the band's hometown in November 2014. This set-up brought to fruition the rawest and most rock and roll sound this band has ever put forth.
The heartbeat of any modern metropolis, its anger, aggression and urgency echo through "Entrench". With full-length number five, KEN mode honour their noisier roots delving deep into fertile metallic Post-Hardcore severity, while offering their most creative and sonically diverse album yet. KEN mode was formed in 1999 by Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music trained musicians Jesse Matthewson and brother Shane Matthewson who were then joined by Darryl Laxdal on bass. Their band name was based on a quote of Henry Rollins and the acronym stands for "Kill Everyone Now". After releasing several demos during the next four years, their debut album "Mongrel" (2003) created a strong buzz that opened doors for touring and shows with THE END, MASTODON, BURNT BY THE SUN, PELICAN and THE DREAM IS DEAD among others. Follow-up "Reprisal" (2006) confirmed KEN mode as a new powerhouse of their genre. Laxdal parted ways with the band and was first replaced by Drew Johnston (ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF) and later Jahmeel Russell (HIDE YOUR DAUGHTERS), who recorded third album "Mennonite" (2008) with them. This release saw the band embark on a European tour with Welsh rockers TAINT, for which Chad Tremblay had meanwhile taken over bass duties. KEN mode's next album "Venerable" (2011) was produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge and the trio hit the road again with GAZA, BURIED INSIDE and later A LIFE ONCE LOST among others as well as returning to Europe with then label-mates KYLESA and CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE. Critical acclaim had gained a level that witnessed "Venerable" winning the inaugural Heavy Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year Juno Award in Canada and a nomination for Rock Album of the Year by the Western Canadian Music Awards. KEN mode were ready for the next big step in their career and recorded and mixed "Entrench" with Matt Bayles (MASTODON, ISIS, BOTCH). Get ready for a massive punch in your face from KEN mode and "Entrench"!
|Jesse Matthewson||Vocals / Guitar|
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