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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Ken Mode - Free Sampler & North American Tour

I love Noise Rock. Unsane, Swans, The Jesus Lizard, Boredoms, Zeni Geva, Melt Banana, AmpRep Records… There’s just something about unpleasing sounds set to drums and rhythm. Not as extreme as pure Noise yet more abrasive than normal rock, it’s as if the harshness adds an exclamation mark to everything played (or not played.) Dissonance, distortion, atonality, it seems that my ears have some sick fetish for being grated and abused, a sort of sonic masochism if you will. I guess that makes Noise Rock more of an every day fuck and pure Noise the stuff you make safe words for. But I disturbingly digress, what was this post about?... Ah yes, music.

Ken Mode is a self-described “metallic Noise Rock” group from Canada. Formed by brothers Jesse, (guitar/vocals) and Shane Matthewson (drums) and Darryl Laxdal (bass), the group released several demos from 1999 to 2003 before releasing their debut full length "Mongrel" on Escape Artist Records. Chad Tremblay replaced Darryl on bass and they released "Reprisal" in 2006 and "Mennonite" in 2008. Their self-described tagline is pretty accurate in terms of their overall sound, with the vocals being more on the clean-hardcore-yell/David Yow side. I prefer the damaged throat-shredding of Noise Rock bands like Unsane when it comes to vocals, but don’t let that stop you from giving these guys a try. (Speaking of which, you should check out Unsane frontman Chris Spencer’s side project
Celan. That’s only if you like good music though. Don’t bother if you want to keep listening to shit.)

They’ve released a sampler of their music which provides a good overview of all their releases, and you should hit them up on Myspace to purchase their cds/merch if you like what you hear. The download and links to their sites are below. They have a tour coming up and you can find the dates/locations for the tour along with a video after the jump. This upcoming North American tour will mark the first time they've been back to the US in 6 years. If you’re in Chicago May 24th I suggest you go see them at Ronny’s. I’ve only been there a few times many years ago but I remember it being about the size of a 2 car garage and being louder than hell in there. I guess it depends on the bands' equipment, but anything would be loud when the amps are 3 feet in front of you. Sonic fucking masochism.

Download Ken Mode’s Sampler: HERE

Ken Mode Official Website:

Ken Mode Myspace:

A few of their songs were included in a documentary on the legendary Royal Albert (‘Capricorn' being the backing for the official trailer). You can see that video below:

Call to Arms - The Story of the Royal Albert (Trailer)

Ken Mode North American Tour 2010:

May 7 201010:00P
Royal Albert w/Monkey, Prague, VelodromeWinnipeg, Manitoba , CA
May 20 20108:00P
The Aquarium w/WolvhammerFargo, North Dako, US
May 21 20108:00P
The Nomad w/WolvhammerMinneapolis, Minnesota , US
May 22 20108:00P
Poppadox Pub w/WolvhammerSioux Falls, South Dako, US
May 23 20108:00P
The Frequency w/WolvhammerMadison, Wisconsin , US
May 24 20108:00P
Ronny’s w/Wolvhammer, Lord MantisChicago, Illinois , US
May 25 20108:00P
Now That’s Class w/PremunitionCleveland, Ohio , US
May 26 20108:00P
Monty's Krown w/Engineer, SulacoRochester, New York
May 27 20109:00P
Sneaky Dee’s w/Engineer, Titan, Buried InsideToronto, Ontario , CA
May 28 20108:00P
Union Pool w/Engineer, Rosetta, My AmericaBrooklyn, New York , US
May 29 20108:00P
Broad Street Ministries - Rosetta record release w/EngineerPhiladelphia, Pennsylvan, US
May 30 20108:00P
The Triple w/Engineer, Gaza, The Blue LetterRichmond, Virginia , US
May 31 20108:00P
Legitimate Business w/Engineer, GazaGreensboro, North Caro, US
Jun 1 20108:00P
The Muse w/GazaNashville, Tennessee , US
Jun 2 20108:00P
The Buccaneer w/GazaMemphis, Tennessee , US
Jun 3 20108:00P
Mojo’s w/GazaColumbia, Missouri , US
Jun 4 20108:00P
Jackpot Music Hall w/GazaLawrence, Kansas , US
Jun 5 20108:00P
The Slowdown w/Gaza, PariaOmaha, Nebraska , US
Jun 6 20108:00P
Blastomat w/Gaza, Clinging to the Trees of a Forest FireDenver, Colorado , US
Jun 7 20108:00P
Burt’s Tiki Lounge w/Gaza, Clinging to the Trees of a Forest FireSalt Lake City, Utah , US
Jun 8 20108:00P
Red Room w/Clinging to the Trees of a Forest FireBoise, Idaho , US
Jun 9 20108:00P
PLAN BPortland, Oregon , US
Jun 10 20108:00P
Funhouse w/Great Falls (ex Playing Enemy/Kiss it Goodbye), Madraso, Hunab KuSeattle, Washington, US
Jun 11 20108:00P
Biltmore Cabaret w/Great Falls (ex Playing Enemy/Kiss it Goodbye), Congress, Stoned EyesVancouver, British Co, CA
Jun 12 20108:00P
Palamino w/Mares of Thrace, Baikal, Cold CravingCalgary, Alberta , CA
Jun 13 20108:00P
Allendale Hall (tent) w/Mares of ThraceEdmonton, Alberta , CA
Jun 16 20108:00P
Royal Hotel w/Mares of ThraceMedicine Hat, Alberta , CA
Jun 17 20108:00P
The Exchange w/Mares of ThraceRegina, Saskatchew, CA
Jun 18 20108:00P
Amigos w/Mares of Thrace, AdolyneSaskatoon, Saskatchew, CA
Aug 28 20108:00P
Casa Del Popolo w/EngineerMontreal, Quebec , CA
Aug 29 20108:00P
Café Bar L’Agitée w/EngineerQuebec City, Quebec , CA
Aug 30 20108:00P
TBA w/Engineer, AlaskanOttawa, Ontario , CA
Sep 1 20108:00P
TBAWindsor, Ontario , CA
Sep 2 20108:00P
The DojoIndianapolis, Indiana, US

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