Latest news: Fri, May 22 2015, KEN MODE
KEN mode are now streaming a fourth brand new song taken from their forthcoming sixth full-length 'Success', which has been scheduled for June 15th (June 16th in North America). The power trio from Winnipeg, Canada is exclusively premiering the track "Dead Actors" via Brooklyn Vegan and Invisible Oranges in the US and for the rest of the world through The Quietus. All forthcoming KEN mode live dates in Europe and North America are listed below.
KEN mode comment: "The song 'Dead Actors' is our tribute to both 90's indie rock and to the duality of the meaningfulness of conscious existence; it's self-aware almost to a fault", reveals frontman Jesse Matthewson. "We were trying to take the feeling of SLINT, JUNE OF 44, maybe a dash of DAZZLING KILLMEN, ENGINE KID, and even SOUNDGARDEN and filter it through Manitoban wheat grass. For some reason it feels very 'Canadian Prairies' to me, and I really like that."
'Success' is a bold move towards sounds that originally inspired the band at the beginning sixteen years ago. KEN mode have previously proved this claim by releasing a video for the opening track "Blessed" as well as the tracks "These Tight Jeans" and "Management Control".
The album can already be pre-ordered in various formats 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 most raw, rock and roll sound this band has ever put forth.
KEN mode have already revealed the cover of 'Success', which was created by acclaimed Winnipeg based fine artist Randy Ortiz. The artwork can now be viewed below along with the tracklist.
KEN mode have previously announced a second European tour after their just ended road-rage with Swiss post-hardcore act Cortez, which happens before the Canadians will embark on a journey through North America. A list of all shows can be viewed below.
25 May 15 La Louviere (BE) Taverne Du Theatre
27 May 15 Copenhagen (DK) Kb18
28 May 15 Hamburg (DE) Astra Stube
29 May 15 Paris (FR) OTB Festival
31 May 15 Bristol (UK) Temples Festival
01 Jun 15 London (UK) Macbeth
02 Jun 15 Lille (FR) Peniche
03 Jun 15 Sint (BE) Jeugdhuis Job
04 Jun 15 Caen (FR) TBA
06 Jun 15 Poitiers (FR ) Less Playboy Is More Cowboy Fest
NORTH AMERICAN DATES
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)
Rock, noise, math, indie – KEN mode offer a root to it all on 'Success', locating a common ancestor that's behind all that they do and have done as a band. It's one seriously fermented sound that pervades these recordings, a goldrush of skewed rhythms, corrosive riffs and scorching pickup abuse, so diligently pulled off and inherently important to the band. Their path first appears to be one of complex inspiration, but a lineage soon becomes clear, lighting up a way through concentric circles of legacy that encompasses the full spread of inventive heavinesses that fed in to the grunge estuary, and out in to the open sea of independent labels in the final decade of the last century, where KEN mode first appeared.
'Success' is a funny concept; in its rawest, most pure form, it is entirely relative, and this was the subject KEN mode chose to approach their new album with. Sonically, and lyrically, a shift has been made from the classic spitting of metallic hardcore tinged vitriol, that the band has become known for, to a rawer, more mature, even humourous indie rock aesthetic. In April 2014, the band set out to pay tribute to where they've come from: a salute to both their Canadian Prairie roots, and a time when they first started to care about making music; the burgeoning 'grunge' and Touch & Go/Dischord scenes of the late 80s/early 90s, with bands like NIRVANA, BIG BLACK, COP SHOOT COP, THE COWS, CIRCUS LUPUS, and DRIVE LIKE JEHU warping their teenage minds. Lyrically, the band's fascination with comedy spirals around classical western concepts of "success" - from employment, sex, marriage, religion, socio-economic standing, and particularly the many perceptions people have of how they, and those around them, happen to fit into the world.
Frontman Jesse Matthewson describes his upcoming work as being "a decidedly stripped down northern noise rock apocalypse to be unleashed on the world. Time to take this back to our roots."
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|
Releases Season of Mist
|Mon, May 25 2015||BE||La Louviere||Taverne Du Theatre|
|Wed, May 27 2015||DK||København||Kb18|
|Thu, May 28 2015||DE||Hamburg||Astra Stube|
|Fri, May 29 2015||FR||Paris||OTB Festival|
|Sun, May 31 2015||UK||Bristol||Temples Festival|
|Mon, Jun 01 2015||UK||London||Macbeth|
|Tue, Jun 02 2015||FR||Lille||Peniche|
|Wed, Jun 03 2015||BE||Sint||Jeugdhuis Job|
|Thu, Jun 04 2015||FR||Caen||TBA|
|Sat, Jun 06 2015||FR||Poitiers||Less Playboy Is More Cowboy Fest|
|Tue, Jun 16 2015||CA||Toronto, ON||The Shop (Parts||+Fight Amp +The Great Sabatini|
|Wed, Jun 17 2015||CA||Montreal, QC||Turbo Haus||+Fight Amp +The Great Sabatini|
|Thu, Jun 18 2015||US||Brooklyn, NY||St. Vitus||+Fight Amp +Pyrrhon +Couch Slut|
|Fri, Jun 19 2015||US||Philadelphia, PA||Kung Fu Necktie||+Fight Amp|
|Sat, Jun 20 2015||US||Columbus, OH||Ace of Cups||+Fight Amp +Lo-Pan|
|Sun, Jun 21 2015||US||Chicago, IL||The Burlington||+Fight Amp +Gobo's Cvit|
|Fri, Jun 26 2015||CA||Winnipeg, MB||The Goodwill||+Pop Crimes +Teethmarks|