VOID MODE

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KEN MODE ANNOUNCE UPCOMING ALBUM, ‘VOID’ 

 WILL DROP ON SEPTEMBER 22ND VIA ARTOFFACT RECORDS /

 RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘THE SHRIKE’

PRE-ORDER ‘VOID’ NOW


LISTEN TO ‘THE SHRIKE’ ON BANDCAMPSPOTIFY!

KEN mode is about to make your day. The band has not only unveiled an absolutely bone shattering new single, ‘The Shrike’, but they’ve announced that they’ve got a fall album in the works! ‘Void’ will drop on September 22nd, via Artoffact Records.

‘The Shrike’ is 4 minutes and 10 seconds of sheer energy, fuelled by the frustration of the ‘lost years’ of the pandemic, and pelting fans’ eardrums with blissfully crass instrumentals and a vocal approach like no other.

Jesse Matthewson (guitar/vocals) comments that this is their “version of a classic driving rock song. Equal parts Drive Like Jehu and QOTSA, but with a cry for help so desperate you’ll be brought right back to being stuck in a cycle of hopelessness and asinine political unrest, not unlike 2020-2021. Not like much has changed.”LISTEN TO ‘THE SHRIKE’ HERE!LISTEN TO ‘I CANNOT’ HERE!

With today’s single, comes an even more exciting announcement – that we’re in for a full album! Speaking about the forthcoming album, Jesse Matthewson shares that it “is the companion piece to 2022’s NULL album – both written and produced at the same time throughout the pandemic, and recorded by Andrew Schneider in the fall of 2021. It conveys the overwhelming sadness and disappointment of the rollout of 2021, after the initial crazed shock of 2020. The material demanded a slightly more melancholy feel, and we wanted to explore more melody on the exit from this project.”

Having just played the prestigious Roadburn Festival, announced a fall tour with Fange, and unveiled a new single just last month, KEN mode came out of the suffering of the pandemic with fire and fury, ready to unleash it on the world wherever they see fit. Lucky for fans, that’s mostly their eardrums. Prior to today, ‘I Cannot’ marked the newest single since their well revered album, ‘Null’. Kicking off and closing out akin to a live show with heavy, well-placed feedback the track is masterfully abrasive and came out of the studio road ready. Seamlessly blending together deep metal riffs, noise-rock vocals, and punk rock chaos, the track is yet another showcase of this band’s astounding ability to blend genres effortlessly.LISTEN TO ‘NULL’ HERE!

Their aural abrasion on 2021’s critically acclaimed ‘Null’ may be a quintessential statement of mental collapse and despair made sonic – a direct psychological reaction to the collective experience of the last two and a half years. Drawing from not only the noise and industrial sonics of the 80’s and 90’s ala Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, or even Nine Inch Nails, the band mixed in a decidedly more desperate tone to the already pointed metallic hardcore influenced “extreme noise rock” that has become their signature sound.

Jesse Matthewson explains, “the album exposes the emotional core of combating mental illness when one’s fine-tuned coping and management mechanisms have been involuntarily stripped away, and they’re forced to navigate this intensely divided and miserable political climate through a global pandemic. The fury, fear, and confusion, followed by profound sadness and mourning, drags them down while it cuts and pummels, like they’re experiencing every one of their lowest moments over and over again.” 

Together, Null’s singles racked up over 150K streams and were added to 20 editorial playlists across Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, and Youtube Music. KEN mode also made the cover of Decibel Magazine and have seen coverage from premier media outlets such as Exclaim! Magazine, Flood Magazine, Idioteq, Distorted Sound Magazine, Brooklynvegan, Metal Injection, Metal Sucks, Montreal Rocks, Range Magazine, Revolver Magazine and more!MORE ABOUT KEN MODE:

Ever wonder what KEN mode stands for? Look no further and wonder no more, because it’s a name that’s hard to forget the meaning behind once you get it. KEN mode = Kill Everyone Now 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), would dedicate their entire adult lives to, seeing them spread a manic form of metal and hardcore infused noise rock across the globe.

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.

TOUR DATES:

09.24.23 Porto, PT @ Amplifest*

09.26.23 Rouen, FR @ Le 106

09.27.23 Lille, FR @ Aeronef

09.28.23 Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere

09.29.23 Angouleme, FR @ La Nef

09.30.23 Clermont-Ferrand @ La Cooperative De Mai

10.01.23 Yverdon, CH @ L’Amalgame*

10.02.23 Karlsruhe, DE @ Jubez

10.03.23 Dresden, DE @ Ostpol

10.04.23 Wroclaw, PL @ Klub Lacznik

10.05.23 Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree

10.07.23 Aalborg, DK @ 1000 Fryd

10.08.23 Aarhus, DK @ Headquarters

10.10.23 Liege, BE @ La Zone

10.11.23 Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat

10.12.23 Bruxelles, BE @ La Botanique

10.13.23 Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin*

10.14.23 London, UK @ Perpetual Flame Ministries w/Lingua Ignota*

*(No Fange)

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