Posted in metal | music | pictures on June 1, 2010

words by BBG, photos by Brian Reilly

The unreal KEN Mode at Union Pool
KEN Mode

Rosetta, KEN Mode, Engineer, and My America did their damnedest to destroy Union Pool on Friday (5/28) as part of a BV/1000Knives production.

My America opened the show at the stroke of 8:45 with their Louisville take on Am-Rep punk. It was my third time seeing the band as of late. Each time I left as impressed with the band's tone and intensity. And dudes have tunes!

As a fan of Engineer, it was fascinating to hear the band's set of mostly new material. With a greater focus on songcraft and melody, the songs seemed to have more light and shade and less pedal-to-the-floor bombast that could be found on earlier releases like 2008's The Dregs. That's not to say this band was anything but pummeling, it's just that the new material varies in it's assault.

I defy any fan of Unsane, Today Is The Day, Am-Rep, and/or noisy, thundering punk to not absolutely love KEN Mode. The Canadian band's high-energy performance was my highlight of my evening. Their take on noise rock filtered through a hardcore lens was furious, energetic, menacing and ultimately, very impressive. I already can't wait for their NYC return. Word is that the band will do their next NYC date surrounding the recording of their new LP at GodCity with Kurt Ballou! That LP will see the light of day on Profound Lore, though an official date is still TBD.

Rosetta headlined the evening, and as usual, the Philadelphia band played a swelling, but ultimately muscular set culled from their recent A Determinism of Morality LP (out NOW on Translation Loss). Less than 24 hours later, the band would play ABC No Rio (a different set, by the way) with Starkweather.

More pics and some video from the Union Pool show are below...

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Engineer | NYC @ Union Pool | 28 May 2010

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KEN Mode | NYC @ Union Pool | 28 May 2010

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Rosetta | NYC @ Union Pool | 28 May 2010

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Comments (9)

fun show...Engineer was so fucking great.

Posted by JT | June 1, 2010 12:46 PM

Pissed at me for missing this! I hope Rosetta comes back soon!

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 12:48 PM

Call me old fashioned but when I see cowboy hats, I run the opposite direction.

Cowboy hats have no place in metal.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 9:17 PM

Oh yeah, Justin Beiber haircut on the guy with the Rickenbacker looking all serious head popped back and mandatory full sleeve tattoos for the later front man.

Bands like Tar and Vertigo on Am Rep were rather unconcerned with image.

Posted by Anonymous | June 3, 2010 6:30 AM

Homeboy in My America has no full sleeves brotha. Moastly just concerned with rocking.

You don't get it.

Posted by Charles Bronson | June 5, 2010 8:06 PM

err mostly?

Posted by Charles Bronson | June 5, 2010 8:08 PM

are those zip disks I see? i didn't think anyone still used those. they only hold like 150 meg right? weird.

Posted by Rob Fiasco | June 10, 2010 3:00 PM

Wonderful post and the location is beautiful and elegant in design and information and everything>>> to Favorites
Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...
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Posted by يوتيوب القمة | February 20, 2011 8:59 PM

thank you a lot's man

Posted by دردشة عراقية | February 20, 2011 9:21 PM

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