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Mon, Oct 19 2015: KEN MODE

Latest release: "Success"

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

Canadian post-hardcore outfit KEN mode are featured on "A look at music in MMA" (Mixed Martial Arts) on AXS TV's "Inside MMA" with host Bas Rutten at this link!

The video comes with an exclusive interview with vocalist and guitarist Jesse Matthewson, who recounts KEN mode's relationship with punk rock, touring, competitive martial arts training, and how these elements are interwoven in his personal life.


Regarding his appearance, Matthewson comments: "It was supremely cool to get to talk about martial arts and music in one of the most respected shows in the mixed martial arts world. I am still kind of tripped out by Bas Rutten complimenting my technique. Martial arts are a lifesaver, and totally changed me - and this is coming from someone who had never fought anyone in his life before and has been a total non-athlete."

"Inside MMA" is hosted by Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten, who are joined by this sport's top fighters and news makers to discuss and analyse the latest in Mixed Martial Arts. The cable television network AXS TV is dedicated to providing music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events as well as mixed martial arts promotions across North America and Europe.

The "Inside MMA" segment follows the recent premiere of KEN MODE's new music video for "These Tight Jeans" which featured Jesse Matthewson engaging in full-contact Muay Thai combat. The Jim Agapito produced video is streaming at Noisey [frontman Jesse Matthewson fighting for real is exclusively streaming at Noisey and its subsection 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.

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 goes onto the road 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.


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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