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Wed, Sep 30 2015: KEN MODE

Latest release: "Success"

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

Canadian post-hardcore outfit KEN mode have premiered a new video for the track "These Tight Jeans". The clip, written, produced and directed by Jim Agapito and featuring frontman Jesse Matthewson fighting for real is exclusively streaming at Noisey and its associated sub-section Fightland.

The video features KEN mode front man Jesse Matthewson engaging in real Muay Thai combat, shot at the Canadian Fighting Center. Winnipeg's most popular Martial Arts Training gym, specializes in Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Mixed Martial Arts under the supervision of the world renowned kickboxer Giuseppe DeNatale. Guest contributions on this clip come from vocalist Jill Clapham and kick-boxer Jon Henderson.


Regarding the video, KEN mode vocalist and guitarist Jesse Matthewson comments:

"With our "These Tight Jeans" clip we got to pay tribute to our, and director Jim Agapito's, love for martial arts and see me get my ass kicked for real in a video. Shot live in my home gym, the Canadian Fighting Center, in Winnipeg, it drives home the positive sentiments of martial arts training as a perfect combination with the sentiments of the lyrics, discipline, training, and action as a natural anti-depressant."

KEN mode have already kicked off their massive headlining North American tour sponsored by PopMatters, New Noise Magazine, and Exclaim! The tour rages under the motto "Huge Success" and klicks ass 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 remaining shows.


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 Canadian 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.



  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' can be ordered in various formats directly through the Season of Mist shop.

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