Entries tagged with: Ken mode
Putting a bird in your ear: Torche 7" art
More sunny sludge from Torche, who have released the new track "Keep Up," which will be found on the fothcoming Volcom Entertainment Vinyl Club 7. Stream it below and look for the 7" to surface in physical form in July.
As mentioned, Torche will perform at 285 Kent on June 14 with Lo-Pan, KEN Mode and Inter Arma as part of an Invisible Oranges presented Northside showcase. Tickets are still available or you can try and get in with your Northside badge.
Torche at Saint Vitus in March (more by Harriet Roberts)
Invisible Oranges have announced their inaugural Northside Festival showcase for June 14 at 285 Kent. The punk venue will return headliners Torche back to their roots, and they'll be joined by stellar support from KEN Mode, Lo-Pan and Inter Arma! Tickets are on sale or you can get in with your Northside badge The show is a stop on Torche and KEN Mode's tour, dates of which are listed below.
Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for an announcement regarding a day show on June 15 at a space TBA. Promises to be a rager. In the meantime, check out a Torche video below.
KEN Mode at the Invisible Oranges SXSW 2013 Showcase (more by Greg Cristman)
KEN Mode have released a new video for "Counter Culture Complex," culled from the recently released Entrench LP. The clip features snow, fire, pagan-type rituals and a bit of mystery. Check it out below.
As mentioned, the Canadians are still on the road and will be hitting NYC to support Orange Goblin at Saint Vitus on April 22 (tickets), Pitchfork and more upcoming dates. All known KEN Mode appearances are listed below.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Jesse Matthewson with a 'Legalize Gay' thong on his face
At the BrooklynVegan SXSW Friday day party (3/15), we had an indie rock-oriented lineup on the outdoor stage (The Main) and a metal stage, courtesy of our metal blog Invisible Oranges (and Heavy Dicks), indoors (The Jr). Easily one of the most anticipated bands on the metal stage was KEN Mode, whose fifth album, Entrench (released the week of SXSW), has proved to be something of a crossover album for the band. It's a punishing record, bringing sludge metal, post-hardcore, and noise rock into a killer mix -- and KEN Mode's live show is even more intense.
The band looks out into the crowd with impenetrable death stares while creating as much noise as melody, and the whole thing is pretty terrifying -- but it's the kind of terrifying that makes you want to move closer and closer to the stage. They played a bunch off the new record, and while KEN Mode don't sound like they're going pop metal anytime soon, on some of the tracks, like early singles "Counter Culture Complex" and "The Terror Pulse," those harsh vocals really got stuck in your head. It got pretty anthemic at the end of that latter tune, with guitarist Jesse Matthewson and bassist Andrew LaCour trading vocals on "THIS IS GOODBYE! TO THE MAN YOU ONCE KNEW!"
KEN Mode also played our BV/Invisible Oranges showcase at The North Door the next night (they were a last-minute replacement for Pinkish Black, who had to drop off), where they were even louder and had a great light show adding to their intensity. More on that show soon.
Special thanks to Heavy Dicks and M for Montreal, along with our sponsors Onkyo, mophie, Jameson, Zico, Food For Lovers, American Apparel, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, ReDigi, Signazon, Korg, Creative Creation, and Mirrored Media, ASCAP, MailChimp, and Pink Avocado who we couldn't have done the Friday day party without. A full set of pictures from that party is coming soon. More from KEN Mode's set below...
KEN Mode at Saint Vitus in NYC earlier this month (more by Caroline Harrison)
Bad news: Pinkish Black has been forced to cancel tonight's appearance (March 16) at the BV / Invisible Oranges showcase at The North Door. A bummer for sure but valiant Canadian metallic-noise-rock crew KEN Mode (who played our SXSW day party on Friday) have stepped in in their stead, and a hearty thanks goes out to the trio for filling in at the last minute!
Here's tonight's full, updated line-up:
7PM doors openSee you there!
9PM KEN Mode
10PM Full of Hell
11PM Mutilation Rites
12PM John Baizley
KEN Mode at Saint Vitus earlier this month (more by Caroline Harrison)
Unfortunately, Pinkish Black has been forced to cancel tonight's appearance (March 16) at the BV / Invisible Oranges showcase at The North Door. We are super bummed but happily, valiant Canadian metallic-noise-rock crew KEN Mode are always down to annihilate and as such, a hearty thanks goes out to the trio for filling in at the last minute! Here's what you can look forward to tonight:
7PM doors openSee you there!
9PM KEN Mode
10PM Full of Hell
11PM Mutilation Rites
12PM John Baizley
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
Justin Timberlake, who just played and hosted SNL, is streaming his new album, The 20/20 Experience, a week ahead of its March 19 release date on iTunes. Meanwhile, for those looking to get tickets to see JT and Jay-Z's massive show at Yankee Stadium on July 19, tickets go on sale Tuesday (3/12) at 10 AM.
As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.
photos by Caroline Harrison
Today is the Day played Saint Vitus last night (March 6th) joined by touring partners Black Tusk, KEN Mode and Fight Amp with Brooklyn band Fashion Week rounding out the evening. Pictures from the show are at Invisible Oranges. Saint Vitus was the second date on the touring package's North American tour that will take them to The Studio at Webster Hall tomorrow (3/8) all the way to SXSW. Look for half of that bill, Today is the Day and KEN Mode, to play the Invisible Oranges stage at BrooklynVegan's SXSW day party at the old Emo's location on March 15.
If you missed out on Saint Vitus last night, head to The Studio at Webster Hall on Friday (3/8). Tickets are still available OR you can try your luck at winning a pair! Details on how to win are below.
by Fred Pessaro
Today is the Day at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Invisible Oranges, in association with BrooklynVegan and my forthcoming Noisey video show Heavy Dicks, are proud to present the first annual Invisible Oranges day party during SXSW 2013! IO & HD take over the indoor stage at the old Emo's at 6th & Red River aka The Jr on March 15, as part of the four days of two-stage BV parties at the venue. The free show, running from noon until 6PM, will feature the following bands:
March 15, 2013 @ The Jr, Austin, TXThe show is 100% FREE and we'll have FREE Invisible Oranges shirts for the first 50 people in the door thanks to American Apparel, who will also be on-site giving away other free stuff all day at the party. Complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson while supplies last, free vegan tacos courtesy of Pink Avocado while supplies last, and free vegan nachos courtesy of Food For Lovers.
Today is the Day
Pallbearer (also playing the official IO/BV showcase)
We also want to thank M for Montreal, mophie, Onkyo, Vox, Blackstar, Korg, Redigi, Zico, ASCAP, Mirrored Media, and Mail Chimp for assistance in making this a FREE event. RSVP for the show HERE. SXSW Badges are also welcome.
Today is the Day, Black Tusk and KEN Mode are currently on a North American tour, and will play Saint Vitus tonight (3/6) and 3/8 at The Studio at Webster Hall. The package tour also puts Fight Amp on both NYC dates.
"Heavy Dicks" is a new show premiering on Noisey in the coming months that is centered around metal. (Full disclosure: I'm one of the hosts.) Check out the trailer for the show alongside a new Today is the Day video for "Sick of Your Mouth," below....
KEN Mode comes around the bend again with their new Matt Bayles-produced effort, Entrench, the first featuring bassist Andrew LaCour (ed-Khann). For a trio that has always had a revolving door for the man on the four-string, the stability is becoming. LaCour's contribution as a live member before joining on has made the band coalesce, and his songwriting abilities have helped shake things up, but only in the best ways. Case and point, the new track "Secret Vasectomy" which makes its debut here today.
Guitarist/frontman Jesse Matthewson (who Invisible Oranges interviewed earlier this month) describes the track:
"Secret Vasectomy" was one of the first songs we put together during the Entrench writing sessions, but more particularly it was the first that we truly collaborated on with Andrew, as the other three songs we finished in that first get-together were largely made up of riffs that I'd constructed going into the session. To me, it's a punk song; a nasty, nasty punk song. Lyrically speaking, I'm sure everyone can relate to the situation of needing to produce, yet feeling utterly uninspired to write anything of any perceived value whatsoever; this is the tipping point. When you refuse to acknowledge the elephant in the room as a muse and instead you slump in your chair and shoot blanks.Look for KEN Mode on tour and check out 'Secret Vasectomy" and all available tracks from Entrench below.
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
Today is The Day at Maryland Deathfest, May 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Noisecore favorites Today is The Day will hit the road in March on a campaign toward SXSW. The band will be joined by a formidable supporting cast of Black Tusk, KEN Mode and Fight Amp with the tour kicking off with TWO NYC dates: Saint Vitus on March 6 (tickets), followed by a second show at The Studio at Webster Hall on March 8 with a "special guest" TBA (tickets). All tour dates are listedbelow.
KEN Mode at BV/PoTR SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Revocation will headline a North America tour that will kick off in Trenton, NJ and circle the US during October and November. Joining the technical DM band will be the great KEN Mode and A Life Once Lost, and you can look forward to the trio when they hit The Studio at Webster Hall on November 12. Tickets go on sale Saturday (10/22) at 10AM. All tour dates are listed below.
Take a closer look at those tour dates and you'll see that KEN Mode isn't on board for the 10/18 opener in Trenton, NJ. That's because instead, the Canadian noisecore band will play Public Assembly that night (10/18) alongside Pig Destroyer a show that's part of the CMJ Festival. Tickets are still available.
All tour dates are listed below along with video detailing KEN Mode's trip to the Juno Awards (where they won Best 'Metal / Hard Music Album Of The Year').
Pig Destroyer at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, 2009 (more by Justina Villaneuva)
Metalsucks/MetalInjection/1000Knives have announced their CMJ showcase which goes down on October 18 at Public Assembly. The show will feature a headlining performance from Pig Destroyer, their first NYC date since supporting Repulsion at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2009, as well as appearances from the great KEN Mode (who played their first BV show in 2010, and has since played three BV-SXSW shows), Early Graves (who played their first BV show with original vocalist Makh - RIP), and Encrust. Tickets are on sale.
Pig Destroyer are preparing to release their new LP Book Burner on October 22 in the US.
Directly after the mayhem that was our Deathmatch event at Scoot Inn on 3/16 (first set of pictures HERE; more on the way) BrooklynVegan & Power of The Riff/Thrasher took over the Austin venue for an official SXSW showcase. The night portion was headlined by Black Breath (an exclusive SXSW appearance) and featured appearances from Ringworm, All Pigs Must Die, Narrows (who also played the bridge show), KEN Mode, Enabler and Young and In The Way. The overall brutal vibe of the day continued into the night with ripping performances from top to bottom, circle-pitting, and hardcore scream-a-longs.
Young and In The Way's "American Blackened Crust" opened the showcase a bit past 8PM, drawing from black metal in both tendency to blast as well as in symbolism, ferocity and costuming (see the inverted cross of bones). Young and In The Way may be a relatively young band, but they are wise beyond their years in creating dark atmosphere to accompany their taut and razor sharp odes to negativity.
Following YAITW was Enabler, a Milwaukee band that contains members of Harlots and Fall Out Boy (no shit). They draw from the melodic d-beat of bands like Tragedy in their take on crusty hardcore. The band are preparing a new LP All Hail the Void for release in May, so look out for that and make sure to catch them on the road soon.
KEN Mode played only two shows in Austin this year, and thankfully our showcase was one of those. The band's noise-rock meets hardcore aesthetic has always been great, but now with a more stable bass player (Andrew LaCour) it seems that the band has hit its stride on the live stage. LaCour's animated stage antics work well for the band too, adding to the wide-eyed maniacal glances that guitarist/vocalist Jesse Matthewson throws to the audience over his microphone.
On paper, Narrows is a fantastic sounding band; members of Botch, Unbroken, and more collide to form a hardcore supergroup. Thankfully, the reality is as indelible as the concept.... in fact better. Since I saw them kill it at Cake Shop close to two years ago, Narrows have gelled into an entity all its own, a thought cemented with their latest and highly-reccomended release on Deathwish, Painted (out now). As a live band they are similarly amazing; is there anything as pleasing to a hardcore kid as screaming into a microphone along with Dave Verellen?
All Pigs Must Die is similar in concept to Narrows, a "supergroup" comprised of the jaw-dropping sticksman Ben Koller (Converge), the raspy throat of the energetic Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), guitarist Adam Wentworth (The Red Chord, Bloodhorse) and bassist Matt Woods (American Nightmare, Bloodhorse). While any band with Ben Koller is worth a look just for his jaw-dropping skills behind the kit, APMD rise above that with songwriting and a live show that is similarly impressive in its intensity. Scoot Inn was no exception; these guys rule.
Ringworm has been around almost as long as their fellow Clevo-core natives Integrity (21 vs 24 years!), and its clear that their live show has been honed over time to a fine point. The band's thrash-y hardcore crossover incited circle pits and mosh mayhem during their set, reminding us why the band are veterans of their scene. Amazing live band, and now with Aaron of Keelhaul back in their ranks, they've never sounded better.
Batting clean-up was Black Breath, the Seattle band that fused groovy Swedish death metal with hardcore vocals and aesthetic. They opened their set with personal favorite "Black Sin", and the band's live show is as potent as their LPs. If you've never seen Black Breath then please do so right away.... word is they may be on the road in the near future. One of my major highlights of the weekend.
I'd like to thank all of the bands that killed it at Scoot Inn on 3/16, the staff at Scoot Inn for being so helpful/accomodating, my partners for this show in Power of The Riff and Thrasher, and most importantly everyone who showed up to support the show and the bands and to have a good time.
More pictures from the Friday night show at Scoot Inn is below.
Mares of Thrace
If guitarist/vocalist Thérèse Lanz (left) looks a bit familiar to you, it might because of her recent stint as bassist for the mighty KEN Mode. That time has passed (they've moved on to include Andrew LaCour of Khann in her stead), but all the while Thérèse has been involved in her main gig Mares of Thrace.
Take the very deceiving (and almost twee) photo above with a grain of salt because the Canadian duo (guitar/drums) explore a nihilistic cocktail of noise-punk, caustic hardcore and bowel-rattling sludge on their latest LP for Sonic Unyon Metal, The Pilgrimage (due April 24th). Stream the new song "The Gallwasp" from that LP below..
The pair will haul out their amps and vitriol on a string of US dates that will include a stop at Saint Vitus on May 15th with support TBA. All tour dates are listed with thatsong stream and a full set of live video below... definitely worth a watch.
Meanwhile, KEN Mode will appear at the BV-BBG/Power of The Riff/Thrasher showcase at Scoot Inn on 3/16, part of a full day of shows at the Austin venue that also includes the BV/POTR show as part of the daytime Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch festivities.
Black Breath at Santos (more by BBG)
Just to be clear, in addition to many day parties (some at Hotel Vegas), BrooklynVegan is presenting THREE official SXSW showcases in Austin this year. Two are still unannounced (Tuesday and Wednesday night). Here is info on the third...
After the sun goes down on the BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff day party at Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch (literally and figuratively), BV, POTR, Thrasher and Southern Lord will begin preparations for our OFFICIAL SXSW showcase that Friday night at the same venue! Starting at 7PM, look for appearances from:
Scoot Inn on Friday night (3/16)That's right, the ONLY time you can catch Black Breath during SXSW is at Scoot Inn on Friday night (3/16)! So get to Scoot Inn early and stay all day and into the night for the party! Set times are forthcoming.
Black Breath (their only SXSW appearance!)
All Pigs Must Die
Young and In The Way
Black Breath are currently gearing up to release their new LP Sentenced To Life via Southern Lord on 3/27. Stream a new track, "Mother Abyss" alongside a bunch of video from some of the other bands at the official showcase, and the flyer, below...
Andy Nelson with Paint it Black at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Mamiffer, Tombs, Locrian, Thou, Fuck The Facts, The Atlas Moth and many more contribute to the second part of our continuing series where we asked some of our favorite artists about their 2011 highlights. Part One HERE. Part Two below...
words & photos by BBG
The Atlas Moth @ Union Pool
The Atlas Moth / KEN Mode overcame a damp, bitterly cold night at Union Pool on Saturday with locals The Year is One as part of an East Coast/Midwest tour. Both touring bands focused on material from their new LPs on Profound Lore. The Atlas Moth's An Ache for Distance was recently released on the label. KEN Mode's Venerable hit earlier this year.
The Atlas Moth fought through technical issues for the first portion of their set, but resumed a triple guitar attack by the time they hit the title track from their current LP. The band brought along disco-ball style lighting in multiple colors to add a psychedelic visual touch.
KEN Mode, sporting their third bass player in their last three NYC appearances, welcomed Andrew LaCour (of Khann) on low-end for this tour. Though the changing bass slot may weigh heavily on some bands, KEN Mode are no more worse for wear; the Canadian band sounded as vicious as ever on songs like "Book of Muscle".
More pictures and video from Brooklyn, as well as the remaining tour dates, are below...
The Atlas Moth (Stavros far left)
The Atlas Moth continue down their uniquely forged labyrinth of hardcore, black metal, sludge, and all of the above on their latest and possibly most realized effort to date, An Ache For The Distance. The follow-up to their amazing A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky, the new LP marks their first effort for Profound Lore and first since releasing the One Amongst The Weed Fields digital covers EP last year. An Ache For The Distance arrives on September 20th, and you can stream the new title track for the first time below alongside the previously released "Coffin Varnish" and "Holes In The Desert".
The Atlas Moth toured heavily behind the release of A Glorified Piece of Blue Sky, hitting NYC with Dark Castle in the early stages, then SXSW (for two of our shows, at Emo's and Hoeks Death Metal Pizza), again with Harvey Milk/Coalesce followed by Nachtmystium/Zoroaster/Dark Castle (x2), and eventually back at SXSW and on back to NYC as part of Metalliance with bands like Crowbar, Saint Vitus, and Kylesa. Now the band is preparing to hit the road for a string of dates with KEN Mode (also BV SXSW veterans x2) including October 1st at Union Pool with The Year is One.
In preparation for the tour and the impending release, we sat down with vocalist/guitarist Stavros Giannopolous to discuss the origins of the record, their home base of Chicago, and his participation in the black metal super crew Twilight.
All tour dates, the song stream (with NSFW cover art) and that interview is below.
La Dispute @ the Acheron in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Sound and Fury Fest, notoriously shut down after a riot last year, returns this year and takes place in the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA from July 22-24. The lineup consists of several hardcore and metal bands including Defeater, Burning Love, and Deafheaven, who all have upcoming NYC shows.
Tourmates Defeater and La Dispute play The Studio tonight (5/24), after having played Krazy Fest this past weekend. Tickets are still on sale if you need some last minute hadcore plans. You can read about the 5/20 show at Altar Bar at 'A Brief Intermission'...
"...One thing is for sure, La Dispute do not lack energy. Dreyer and company rarely stayed still, and that energy was reciprocated enthusiastically by the crowd. They played a set full of great songs from their incredible full length, Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, including the crowd favorite "The Castle Builders," in which, to the fans delight, they considerably slowed down the ending sing-along. They also played both songs from their split with Touche Amore, which translated into incredible live songs and were certainly favorites of the crowd.Meanwhile Touche Amore are touring ferociously in support of their upcoming sophomore album Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me which will be released June 7 via Deathwish. Their 3+ month tour includes the previously announced Santos Party House show on June 24 with Title Fight, The Menzingers, and Dead End Path (tickets). Touche also head out on a European leg with La Dispute. All dates are listed below.
Touche Amore's Deathwish labelmates Deafheaven play Cake Shop on June 17 with Gholas. As mentioned, KEN Mode unfortunately dropped off the show, though they will still appear on other dates of the tour. An updated list is below.
All tour dates below...
Despise You / Magrudergrind tour flyer
While we prepare for the ONSLAUGHT of pre/post MDF destruction, prepare for some incredible news that Despise You and Magrudergrind will team up to play NYC in September as part of the former's first East Coast tour! No news on the whens/wheres or even the other whos, but we'll keep you up to date.
Ruin Lust has been added to the previously discussed Wolvserpent/A Story of Rats show at Acheron on June 4th.
Unfortunately, KEN Mode has dropped off of the previously discussed Deafheaven show at Cake Shop on 6/17 with Gholas. More details are forthcoming.
More suggested NYC shows, a new Engineer track (!) and a stream of the entire Weekend Nachos album Worthless is below...