Latest news: Wed, Mar 12 2014, KEN MODE
Winnipeg's, post-hardcore outfit KEN MODE (Jesse Matthewson - Vocals, Guitar; Shane Matthewson - Drums; Andrew Lacour- Bass) have released an animated video for “The Terror Pulse”. The Christopher Mills (MODEST MOUSE, INTERPOL, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE) created video is streaming now with VEVO.
KEN MODE is currently touring the US in support of their critically-acclaimed new album, 'Entrench'.
The album is available on Season of Mist’s e-shop and streaming on Bandcamp. 'Entrench' has been nominated for a 2014 JUNO Award in their native Canada. This marks the second nomination for the band in the "Metal/Hard Music" category in the last three years. Remaining tour dates are as follows:
03/12 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
03/13 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
03/14 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
03/15 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
03/16 Chicago, IL – Metro
All dates with RUSSIAN CIRCLES and HELMS ALEE.
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|
|Andrew LaCour||Bass / Volcals|
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