KEN Mode return with Steve Albini tracked effort “Success”, first single “Blessed” rocks

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8:40 AM (PST)


Noise mongers KEN Mode, a particularly mischievous  bunch of merry madmen, have a new single “Blessed”. I’m thinking #blessed has a lot of crossover potential as a life affirming hashtag as well. Perhaps the guys are on to something.

As usual, it’s fucking pummeling and skronky. They’ve def upped the pigfuck ante this time. Check it out HERE.

Recorded with Steve Albini (NIRVANA, THE PIXIES, THE JESUS LIZARD and more) and mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, Success features art by the band’s longtime artist Randy Ortiz, and feature guest performances by Eugene Robinson (OXBOW) and members of FULL OF HELL. ‘Success’ will be available across multiple CD and LP formats. Pre-orders are available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

Regarding the new track, front-man Jesse Matthewson comments:

“Blessed is the ultimate statement behind the album’s concept. What is ‘success’? It’s an outsider’s tale; perpetually on the outside looking in. A dual bass salute to  the Swans, Cop shoot Cop and the Cows. Everyone loves an underdog story, but it’s rare that you get the big picture scene in the end, because more often than not, it’s not what you really want to see.”

The artwork and track list for ‘Success’ can be found below.

See the art BELOW as well as a slew of North American tour dates with the awesome Fight Amp.


KEN MODE tour dates:
*All dates with FIGHT AMP
June 16 Toronto, ON @ The Shop (Parts & Labour) w/The Great Sabatini
June 17 Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus w/The Great Sabatini
June 18 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus w/Pyrrhon, Couch Slut
June 19 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
June 20 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/Lo-pan
June 21 Chicago, IL @ The Burlington
June 26 Winnipeg, MB @ The Goodwill w/Pop Crimes * no Fight Amp

European tour:
April 1 Fribourg, Switzerland @ Fri-Son
April 2 Lyon, France @ Sonic
April 3 Frankfurt, Germany @ Elfer Club
April 4 Delemont, Switzerland @ Sas
April 5 České Budějovice, Czech Republic @ Velbloud
April 6 Praha, Czech Republic @ 007
April 8 Geneva, Switzerland @ Usine
April 9 Tilburg, Netherlands – Roadburn Festival
April 10 Rouen, France @ L’Oreille Qui Traine
April 11 Winterthur, Switzerland @ Gaswerk
*dates with Cortez

May 29 Paris, FR @ OTB Festival

May 31 Glasgow, UK @ Audio

June 1, 2015 – London, UK @ MacBeth

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