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Latest news: Fri, Jul 17 2015, KEN MODE

Latest release: "Success"

Release date: Mon, Jun 15 2015, US Tue, Jun 16 2015

KEN mode have announced a massive headlining North American tour under the motto "Huge Success" in support of their current album 'Success'. The Winnipeg power-trio will be regionally joined by CONDUCT, FUCK THE FACTS, CHILD BITE, LIFE IN A VACUUM, WE ARE HEX, and LO PAN as well as featuring the comedy ramblings of Garrett Jamieson. Please see below for a full list of shows.

The "Huge Success" tour is sponsored by Pop Matters, New Noise Magazine, and Exclaim! KEN mode will kick off their road rage in Saskatoon, SK (CA) on September 9th, and continue into November before concluding in their hometown Winnipeg, MB (CA).

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09 Sep 15 Saskatoon, SK (CA) Amigo's Cantina (+Conduct)
10 Sep 15 Edmonton, AB (CA) Wunderbar (+Conduct)
11 Sep 15 Calgary, AB (CA) Broken City (+Conduct)
12 Sep 15 Vancouver, BC (CA) Hindenburg (+Fuck the Facts)
14 Sep 15 Seattle, WA (US) Chop Suey (+Child Bite)
15 Sep 15 Spokane, WA (US) The Pin (+Child Bite)
16 Sep 15 Portland, OR (US) High Water Mark (+Child Bite)
18 Sep 15 Oakland, CA (US) Golden Bull (+Child Bite)
19 Sep 15 Los Angeles, CA (US) Loaded in Hollywood (+Child Bite)
20 Sep 15 San Diego, CA (US) Soda Bar (+Child Bite)
22 Sep 15 Salt Lake City, UT (US) Urban Lounge (+Child Bite)
23 Sep 15 Denver, CO (US) Three Kings Tavern (+Child Bite)
24 Sep 15 Kansas City, MO (US) MiniBar (+Child Bite)
25 Sep 15 Austin, TX (US) Mohawk (+Child Bite)
26 Sep 15 Dallas, TX (US) Sons of Herman Hall (+Child Bite)
27 Sep 15 New Orleans, LA (US) Siberia (+Child Bite)
29 Sep 15 Birmingham, AL (US) Syndicate Lounge (+Child Bite)
30 Sep 15 Tallahassee, FL (US) Liberty Bar (+Child Bite)
01 Oct 15 Miami, FL (US) Churchill's (+Child Bite)
02 Oct 15 Orlando, FL (US) Will's Pub (+Child Bite)
03 Oct 15 Atlanta, GA (US) 529 (+Child Bite)
04 Oct 15 Johnson City, TN (US) The Hideaway (+Child Bite)
06 Oct 15 Chapel Hill, NC (US) Local 506 (+Child Bite)
07 Oct 15 Richmond, VA (US) Strange Matter (+Child Bite)
08 Oct 15 Philadelphia, PA (US) Kung Fu Necktie (+Child Bite)
09 Oct 15 Brooklyn, NY (US) The Acheron (+Child Bite)
10 Oct 15 Rochester, NY (US) Bug Jar (+Child Bite +Life in Vacuum)
11 Oct 15 Boston, MA (US) Mid East Upstairs (+Life in Vacuum)
13 Oct 15 St. John, NB (CA) Pub Down Under (+Life in Vacuum)
14 Oct 15 Halifax, NS (CA) GCA' Pub (+Life in Vacuum)
15 Oct 15 Fredericton, NB (CA) Capital Complex (+Life in Vacuum +Fuck the Facts)
16 Oct 15 Quebec City, QC (CA) L'Anti (+Life in Vacuum)
17 Oct 15 Montreal, QC (CA) Turbo HaCA (+Life in Vacuum)
18 Oct 15 Sherbrooke, QC (CA) Le Murdoch (+Life in Vacuum)
19 Oct 15 Ottawa, ON (CA) HoCAe of Targ (+Life in Vacuum)
20 Oct 15 Kingston, ON (CA) The Mansion (+Life in Vacuum)
21 Oct 15 Toronto, ON (CA) Smiling Buddha (+Life in Vacuum)
22 Oct 15 Hamilton, ON (CA) Absinthe (+Life in Vacuum)
23 Oct 15 London, ON (CA) Call the Office (+Life in Vacuum)
24 Oct 15 Windsor, ON (CA) Dominion HoCAe (+Life in Vacuum)
25 Oct 15 Detroit, MI (US) PJ's Lager House (+We Are Hex)
26 Oct 15 Cleveland, OH (US) Now That's Class (+We Are Hex)
27 Oct 15 Pittsburg, PA (US) Mr. Roboto Project (+We Are Hex)
28 Oct 15 Columbus, OH (US) Ace of Cups (+We Are Hex +Lo-Pan)
29 Oct 15 Indianapolis, IN (US) Joyful Noise (+We Are Hex +Lo-Pan)
30 Oct 15 Columbia, MO (US) Social Room (+Lo-Pan)
31 Oct 15 St. Louis, MO (US) The Demo (+Lo-Pan)
01 Nov 15 Chicago, IL (US) Cobra Lounge (+Lo-Pan)
02 Nov 15 Dubuque, IA (US) The Lift (+Lo-Pan)
03 Nov 15 Milwaukee, WI (US) The Cactus Club (+Lo-Pan)
04 Nov 15 Madison, WI (US) Dragon Fly Lounge (+Lo-Pan)
05 Nov 15 Sioux Falls, SD (US) Total Drag (+Lo-Pan)
06 Nov 15 Minneapolis, MN (US) TBA (+Lo-Pan)
07 Nov 15 Winnipeg, MB (CA) the Windsor (+Conduct)

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.

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  1. Blessed
  2. These Tight Jeans
  3. The Owl
  4. I Just Liked Fire
  5. Management Control
  6. A Passive Disaster
  7. Failing At Fun Since 1981
  8. A Catalog Of Small Disappointments
  9. Dead Actors

'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.

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KEN mode previously released a video for the first track off 'Success' titled "Blessed", which can be viewed here. "Blessed" was directed by Christopher Mills (TEGAN & SARAH, RUSH, INTERPOL, MODEST MOUSE, etc.), and shot live at Soybomb HQ in Toronto (CA). Subscribe to the Season of Mist Youtube channel here!

Biography

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"!

Line-up

Name Instrument
Jesse Matthewson Vocals / Guitar
Shane Matthewson Drums
Skot Hamilton Bass

Releases Season of Mist

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Success

General information
: Mon, Jun 15 2015
: Tue, Jun 16 2015
: Post-Hardcore Metal
: SOM357
: available

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Entrench

General information
: Fri, Mar 15 2013
: Tue, Mar 19 2013
: Post-Hardcore Metal
: SOM290
: available

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Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Wed, Sep 09 2015 CA Saskatoon, SK Amigo's Cantina +Conduct
Thu, Sep 10 2015 CA Edmonton, AB Wunderbar +Conduct
Fri, Sep 11 2015 CA Calgary, AB Broken City +Conduct
Sat, Sep 12 2015 CA Vancouver, BC Hindenburg +Fuck the Facts
Mon, Sep 14 2015 US Seattle, WA Chop Suey +Child Bite
Tue, Sep 15 2015 US Spokane, WA The Pin +Child Bite
Wed, Sep 16 2015 US Portland, OR High Water Mark +Child Bite
Fri, Sep 18 2015 US Oakland, CA Golden Bull +Child Bite
Sat, Sep 19 2015 US Los Angeles, CA Loaded in Hollywood +Child Bite
Sun, Sep 20 2015 US San Diego, CA Soda Bar +Child Bite
Tue, Sep 22 2015 US Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge +Child Bite
Wed, Sep 23 2015 US Denver, CO Three Kings Tavern +Child Bite
Thu, Sep 24 2015 US Kansas City, MO MiniBar +Child Bite
Fri, Sep 25 2015 US Austin, TX Mohawk +Child Bite
Sat, Sep 26 2015 US Dallas, TX Sons of Herman Hall +Child Bite
Sun, Sep 27 2015 US New Orleans, LA Siberia +Child Bite
Tue, Sep 29 2015 US Birmingham, AL Syndicate Lounge +Child Bite
Wed, Sep 30 2015 US Tallahassee, FL Liberty Bar +Child Bite
Thu, Oct 01 2015 US Miami, FL Churchill's +Child Bite
Fri, Oct 02 2015 US Orlando, FL Will's Pub +Child Bite
Sat, Oct 03 2015 US Atlanta, GA 529 +Child Bite
Sun, Oct 04 2015 US Johnson City, TN The Hideaway +Child Bite
Tue, Oct 06 2015 US Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 +Child Bite
Wed, Oct 07 2015 US Richmond, VA Strange Matter +Child Bite
Thu, Oct 08 2015 US Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie +Child Bite
Fri, Oct 09 2015 US Brooklyn, NY The Acheron +Child Bite
Sat, Oct 10 2015 US Rochester, NY Bug Jar +Child Bite +Life in Vacuum
Sun, Oct 11 2015 US Boston, MA Mid East Upstairs +Life in Vacuum
Tue, Oct 13 2015 CA St. John, NB Pub Down Under +Life in Vacuum
Wed, Oct 14 2015 CA Halifax, NS GCA' Pub +Life in Vacuum
Thu, Oct 15 2015 CA Fredericton, NB Capital Complex +Life in Vacuum +Fuck the Facts
Fri, Oct 16 2015 CA Quebec City, QC L'Anti +Life in Vacuum
Sat, Oct 17 2015 CA Montreal, QC Turbo HaCA +Life in Vacuum
Sun, Oct 18 2015 CA Sherbrooke, QC Le Murdoch +Life in Vacuum
Mon, Oct 19 2015 CA Ottawa, ON HoCAe of Targ +Life in Vacuum
Tue, Oct 20 2015 CA Kingston, ON The Mansion +Life in Vacuum
Wed, Oct 21 2015 CA Toronto, ON Smiling Buddha +Life in Vacuum
Thu, Oct 22 2015 CA Hamilton, ON Absinthe +Life in Vacuum
Fri, Oct 23 2015 CA London, ON Call the Office +Life in Vacuum
Sat, Oct 24 2015 CA Windsor, ON Dominion HoCAe +Life in Vacuum
Sun, Oct 25 2015 US Detroit, MI PJ's Lager House +We Are Hex
Mon, Oct 26 2015 US Cleveland, OH Now That's Class +We Are Hex
Tue, Oct 27 2015 US Pittsburg, PA Mr. Roboto Project +We Are Hex
Wed, Oct 28 2015 US Columbus, OH Ace of Cups +We Are Hex +Lo-Pan
Thu, Oct 29 2015 US Indianapolis, IN Joyful Noise +We Are Hex +Lo-Pan
Fri, Oct 30 2015 US Columbia, MO Social Room +Lo-Pan
Sat, Oct 31 2015 US St. Louis, MO The Demo +Lo-Pan
Sun, Nov 01 2015 US Chicago, IL Cobra Lounge +Lo-Pan
Mon, Nov 02 2015 US Dubuque, IA The Lift +Lo-Pan
Tue, Nov 03 2015 US Milwaukee, WI The Cactus Club +Lo-Pan
Wed, Nov 04 2015 US Madison, WI Dragon Fly Lounge +Lo-Pan
Thu, Nov 05 2015 US Sioux Falls, SD Total Drag +Lo-Pan
Fri, Nov 06 2015 US Minneapolis, MN TBA +Lo-Pan
Sat, Nov 07 2015 CA Winnipeg, MB the Windsor +Conduct
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