Today, the iconic hardcore outfit KEN mode announces that they will be bringing their unique brand of metal and hardcore-infused noise-rock home to Canada this September with a string of show dates in the West. The tour will begin on September 23rd in Winnipeg and wrap in Edmonton on September 26th in support of the band’s album, Null out September 23rd via Artoffact Records. Supporting acts for the tour include Hamilton’s Vile Creature and Calgary’s Mares of Thrace.  All tour dates below. Tickets and info are available at THIS location. 

Jesse Matthewson (vocals, guitar) comments: “When you haven’t played a show in three years, but managed to write two albums – you might as well wait until at least one of them is out until you get on the road. We figured we’d ask some old friends and some new friends to celebrate with us for a quartet of shows in the prairies before we tackle the US the following month, just to do something special on the homestead to release NULL into the world. Vile Creature had been telling us that they’d never been out West before, and Mares of Thrace hasn’t done anything this way in ten years, so I felt like it was the perfect package to present our new four-piece live version of KEN mode to the world.” 

TOUR DATES in support of NULL: 
w/ Vile Creature & Mares of Thrace 
09.23.22 @ The Goodwill Social Club Winnipeg, MB
09.24.22 @ Amigos Cantina Saskatoon, SK
09.25.22 @ The Palomino Smokehouse Calgary, AB
09.26.22 @ Starlite Temple Edmonton, AB 
***More dates to be announced SOON! 

Earlier this month KEN mode released the first single, “A Love Letter” off of Null. In less than a week, the single had hit over 15K streams and had been added to four editorial playlists across streaming platforms including Breaking Metal on Apple Music, Fresh Rock on Amazon Music, All-New Metal on Spotify and Feedback on YouTube Music. It also saw coverage from Exclaim Magazine, Brooklynvegan, Metal Injection, Metal Sucks, Revolver Magazine and more! The single is available to listen HERE and HERE. Pre-orders for the album are available HERE!

Kill Everyone Now mode. KEN mode: an ethos legendary Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins would use to describe the band’s state of mind while taking the stage for the endless touring cycle of their genre-defying classic album ‘My War’. This proved to be the psychological foundation and attitude for the project Royal Conservatory of Music trained brothers Jesse Matthewson, B.Comm (Hons) and Shane  Matthewson CA/CPA, B. Comm (Hons).

With two decades under their belts, the group have a list of impressive achievements including winning the inaugural Juno Award for Best Metal / Hard Rock Album of the Year for “Venerable” in 2012. Cutting their teeth in the early aughts, when chaotic hardcore was at its peak, KEN mode would find breakout underground notoriety with a quintet of critically acclaimed records in the 2010’s, working with a who’s who of metal and hardcore producers in Kurt Ballou (Converge) for their Venerable LP (2011), Matt Bayles (Botch, Isis) for Entrench (2013), Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Jesus Lizard) for Success (2015), and Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Cave In) for Loved (2018), all while maintaining an unrelenting tour schedule with such acts as Russian Circles, Torche, Deafheaven, Norma Jean,  Kylesa, Pelican, Daughters, Revocation, Full of Hell, Inter Arma, Today is the Day, Birds In Row, and more; along with seeing them hit a multitude of major festivals like SXSW, Hellfest Open Air, CMJ  Festival, Pitchfork Festival Chicago, Hopscotch Festival, and Roadburn Festival; and doing live sessions for renowned institutions such as BBC Radio 1 and Daytrotter. 

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