KEN mode Premiere “Throw Your Phone In The River” Music Video

KEN mode have premiered a new video for their new song “Throw Your Phone In The River.” This track is from the band’s new album “Null,” which will be released on September 23. Jesse Matthewson commented:

“‘I can’t help you if I can’t even help myself. I’m drowning in this cyclical mess, and it just won’t finish me off.’ This is pretty much the sentiment of this one. I wrote it in about an hour one afternoon in the thick of the worst part of 2020. Just banged it all out. It felt perfect in its simplicity.”

KEN mode Premiere “Unresponsive” Music Video

KEN mode have premiered a new video for their new song “Unresponsive.” This track is from the band’s new album “Null,” which will be released on September 23. Jesse Matthewson commented:

“At this phase of the pandemic I had begun having dreams about my partner leaving me and my family dying, probably five nights a week, for several months. I sat there, writing the lyrics to this one while listening to a rolling storm come in, that never seemed to actually reach a crescendo. It all felt too apt for the way everything had been feeling for the last year at that point.”

KEN mode Announce North American Tour With Frail Body

KEN mode have announced a fall North American tour with Frail Body. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Null“ (out September 23).

Tour Dates:

10/20 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
10/21 Davenport, IA – Raccoon Motel
10/22 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
10/23 Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle Brewing Co.
10/24 Columbus, OH – Big Room Bar
10/25 Nashville, TN – DRKMTTR
10/26 Little Rock, AR – Vino’s
10/27 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
10/28 Austin, TX – The Lost Well
10/29 Houston, TX – Black Magic
10/30 Denton, TX – No Coast Fest
10/31 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
11/02 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
11/03 Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor
11/04 Philadelphia, PA – Silk City
11/05 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
11/06 Cambridge, MA – Middle East
11/07 Montreal, QC – Turbo Haus
11/08 Toronto, ON – The Baby G
11/09 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
11/10 Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
11/12 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium

KEN mode’s Jesse Matthewson commented:

“We needed to get out and pound the pavement, as it’s the only way we know to properly launch a record. We’re thankful we’re able to bring out a killer younger band like Frail Body, who embodies everything that is right in this music: sick riffs, passion, and emotion. We’ve been working on this one for a while, and are super excited to announce this run, all the way down to Texas, up the East Coast, and back up through the Midwest.

I can hear the ‘what about ______?!’ already! Since we’re a day job band these days, we can’t afford to take off 4-6 weeks to do full territory runs anymore, so we try to cover as much range as we can without having our businesses completely fall apart in our absence. Being an adult sucks, but in terms of appropriate distractions from the day to day, we’ve set up an ideal run to showcase all of the new material, and are super excited to get to see Frail Body every night for three weeks!

We’re playing a lot of our favorite venues, and are super stoked to see so many of our American friends. More to come, as we continue to navigate this entertaining pandemic performance landscape!”

KEN mode Premiere “But They Respect My Tactics” Music Video

KEN mode have premiered a new video for their new song “But They Respect My Tactics.” This track is from the band’s new album “Null,” which will be released on September 23. Jesse Matthewson commented:

“Do you ever feel like your heroes have become parodies of a former version of themselves? Does it even matter? As long as there is chatter online, and we keep you online making noise, the narrative itself is meaningless. What matters is that we’re collecting your data and advertising to you and, in the broad scope of the human experience, all of this will only be a footnote as well.”

KEN mode Announce Canadian Shows

KEN mode have announced some Canadian shows in support of their new album “Null” (out September 23). Vile Creature and Mares Of Thrace will open. Here’s the dates:

09/23 Winnipeg, MB – The Goodwill Social Club
09/24 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina
09/25 Calgary, AB – The Palomino Smokehouse
09/26 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Temple

KEN mode To Release New Album “Null” In September, Premiere “A Love Letter” Video

KEN mode will be releasing a new album, titled “Null,” on September 23. The effort will be the band’s first with Kathryn Kerr as an official member.

“Null” Track Listing:

01. “A Love Letter
02. “Throw Your Phone In The River”
03. “The Tie”
04. “But They Respect My Tactics”
05. “Not My Fault”
06. “Lost Grip”
07. “The Desperate Search For An Enemy”
08. “Unresponsive”

Jesse Matthewson said the following about the album:

“[It’s] a direct psychological reaction to the collective experience of the last two and a half years… a documentation of trying to not fall apart…the album exposes the emotional core of combating mental illness when one’s fine-tuned coping mechanisms have been involuntarily stripped away.

I’ve built my adult life around communities and activities that have both given it meaning and helped me manage my own mental health. In 1999 I didn’t know why I needed to create, I just wanted to. In 2022, it’s one of the only acts I have left that keeps away crippling depression. I need this act to concentrate and neutralize the poison in my brain.

We tried to experiment more with our sound than we ever have before. We felt like there was really no reason to do anything at all unless we were trying to push this into something new.”

He also revealed that the record will be part one of a two-album arc:

“The two album arc was written with the intention of being two separate works that could be coupled together to make one full album with a cohesive flow and feeling, with every song holding a specific place and feeling within the overarching theme.”

A video for the effort’s first single, “A Love Letter,” can be found below. Matthewson added the following about that:

“Sometimes lists of all the things you never said end up getting said in the form of a love letter.”

KEN mode Release Instrumental Version Of “Loved”

KEN mode have released an instrumental version of their latest album “Loved.” You can find that effort in various digital outlets.

The band said the following:

“Evidently bandcamp is switching up and not doing bandcamp friday for this month the way they normally do…we had a plan, and it’s still going ahead either way: we’re releasing an asset TODAY that we’ve been sitting on since 2018, one which we know might not be for everyone – but for those that will get something out of it, we figured it’s worth putting out there. We constructed a fully instrumental version of our ‘Loved‘ album when we did a mix/master of the album back when we made it, and today we’re releasing it to the world digitally.

If you’ve ever wanted to do KEN mode karaoke, play along on guitar/bass/drums, or solo with another instrument over top without Jesse‘s stupid voice muddying everything up, or even just hate Jesse‘s voice so much that you’d much prefer this version, tomorrow is the time to check this out!

It feels strange watching the US excitedly begin opening everything up, while up in Canada, I’m literally sitting in the covid hot spot of North America, here in Winnipeg, where we’re not even allowed to rehearse.

Here’s hoping as many of you who read this as possible are vaccinated and are starting to be able to do the things you actually enjoy doing again.

This is all still just us trying to fundraise for the recording that is now supposed to happen in October. We’re presently working through a few more song ideas that are pushing us into the 70-75 minute territory, so at least the fall should be crazy, in theory. 2022 is going to be interesting for us, as we figure out the smartest way to release this miserable batch of songs.

We still have lots of t-shirts and vinyl available, so check that out on our page, or hit our international stores for more options:
www.ken-mode.com/official-store/.”

KEN mode & Kowloon Walled City Cover Shallow North Dakota For Benefit Split Release

KEN mode and Kowloon Walled City have joined forces for a new split release to raise money for Shallow North Dakota‘s Tony Jacome, who is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. You can purchase the EP on Bandcamp and donate to Jacome via GoFundMe. The effort features an unreleased Shallow North Dakota song titled “Bearded Burly Man,” KEN mode’s covers of “Outside Dakota” and “Six Foot Foam Lover,“ and Kowloon Walled City‘s cover of “The Milkman.”

KEN mode commented:

“Two new KEN mode tracks.

So, we made a post a few weeks ago on FB and IG about our friend Tony, who plays in one of the heaviest bands of all time – Shallow North Dakota. He’s fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and some people are trying to help raise funds for his fight and his family.

The music community started stepping up, and over the course of the week, we found out that Shallow North Dakota had a song from their final album, Mob Wheel, that never got released, and that they were planning to release this with our pals Kowloon Walled City as a special limited fundraising release LP.

KWC had done a SDN cover back in 2011 that also never got released. So we decided to muscle our way onto this, despite not having any material. We jammed on two SND songs on Jan 13, put down some drums, and ran with it. Jesse spent a bunch of time mixing it, Scott Evans and Sean Pearson (who engineered the other two tracks) helped provide feedback along the way, then Carl Saff was kind enough to rush out a killer mastering job on the whole batch, while our bud Sean Arsenian whipped up some art.

This whole record is one big fundraiser. We’re releasing it on bandcamp to start, with LP pre-orders and digital, and it’ll be available on various other streaming services next week. Think of it as the sickest, heaviest gofundme you’ve ever seen. The cause is heartbreaking and sucks, but we were stoked to be able to mobilize and try to do something under the circumstances.”

KEN mode Announce Two 20th Anniversary Shows

KEN mode have announced a couple of 20th anniversary shows. Here’s the dates:

09/08 Toronto, ON – The Grand Gerrard (with Hammerhands, Pale Mare & IRN)
10/04 Winnipeg, MB – The Good Will Social Club (with The Great Sabatini & Adolyne)

Jesse Matthewson commented:

“Sometimes it’s hard to fathom that we’ve been at this for 20 years as of September 2019. The band started when I was only 17, just starting university. Shane was 15 and entering the 11th grade. You start these things because something inside you is messed up and simply needs to get this creative energy out in a harsh and satisfying way, and you don’t really think that you’re laying the foundation for your most cherished friendships and business relationships of your entire adult life.

Seven full lengths, one EP, one split 7″, several comps and tribute records deep, and hopefully we’re still only scratching the surface of what we’ll do with this mess of noise. We wanted to kickstart our 20th year as a band with a couple of special shows in Toronto and Winnipeg, two cities very near and dear to us. Well, maybe Toronto isn’t so near, but you get the sentiment. We’ll be inserting some deep cuts into our setlists, and bringing up a bunch of special guests in Winnipeg, from the group of talented musicians we’ve had the pleasure of making music with over the years.”

KEN mode Announce North American Dates

KEN mode have announced some spring North American shows. Here’s the dates:

03/16 London, ON – Richmond Tavern (‘JUNOfest‘)
04/20 Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre (‘Manitoba Metal Fest‘)
05/21 Regina, SK – The Exchange
05/22 Edmonton, AB – Starlight
05/24 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (‘Modified Ghost Festival‘)
05/29 Portland, OR – High Water Mark
05/30 Seattle, WA – Barboza (‘Northwest Terror Fest‘)
06/01 Boise, ID – Bump HQ
06/02 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Ct
06/03 Denver, CO – Hi Dive