KEN mode debut new track “Not Soulmates” from their new album Loved, plus live dates announced

August 17, 2018

Brenna Faris


KEN mode share a new track “Not Soulmates” from their incoming album Loved (Season Of Mist/New Damage Records in Canada, August 31st), alongside European tour dates in November through to December – full listings below.

About the track Jesse Matthewson comments “The main ‘chorus’ line, I suppose you could call it, “You’re going to continue enjoying this mistake with me”, was conceived by Scott’s wife. This song is about the many complexities of love and the humour that surrounds its entirety – whether people choose to process it or not. It’s got riffs you can throw round-house kicks to and is an ode to the Melvins and Zeni Geva.”


w/Birds In Row & Coilguns
Nov 15 – Joué, FR @ Temps Machine
Nov 16 – Orléans, FR @ Astrolabe
Nov 17 – Bordeaux, FR @ Void
Nov 18 – Toulouse, FR @ Rex
Nov 19 – Montpellier, FR @ Blacksheep
Nov 20 – Clermont, FR @ Raymond
Nov 21 – Lausanne, CH @ Romandie
Nov 22 – Besancon, FR @ L’Antonnoir
Nov 23 – Kalsruhe, DE @ Die Stadtmitte
Nov 24 – Gigors, FR @ CBGC’s
Nov 25 – Milano, IT @ Magnolia
Nov 27 – Nantes, FR @ Le Ferrailleur
Nov 28 – Le Havre, FR @ Fort de Tourneville
Nov 29 – Paris, FR @ Le Petit Bain
Dec 1 – London, UK @ MacBeth
Dec 2 – Brussels, BE @ Magasin4

Prior to that the band shall be playing the following dates:

w/Shallow North Dakota
Sept 28 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Good Will Social Club
Sept 29 – Saskatoon, SK @ The Black Cat Tavern
Sept 30 – Calgary, AB @ Palamino Smokehouse

w/Birds In Row
Oct 13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
Oct 14 – Chicago, IL @ Live Wire
Oct 15 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Oct 16 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
Oct 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Basement
Oct 19 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Oct 20 – Falls Church, VA @ VFW 9278
Oct 21 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
Oct 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Oct 23 – Portland, ME @ Geno’s
Oct 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Oct 25 – Rochester, NY @ Photo City
Oct 26 – Toronto, ON @ Bovine Sex Club
Oct 27 – Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus
Oct 28 – Quebec City, QC @ La Source De La Martiniere
Oct 29 – Ottawa, ON @ House of Targ


You can also watch the disturbing video for the opening track “Doesn’t Feel Pain Like He Should” and the video for “Feathers & Lips”
The album represents yet another pivot point in the group’s sound, a departure from the indie/noise punk focused songs on their previous album, Success. On Loved the group delve deeper, and darker than ever before. This vicious full-length may be the group’s quintessential statement of violence and despair made sonic.
Drawing from not only the desperate noise and industrial sonics of the 80’s and 90’s, KEN mode has mixed in the decidedly more extreme tone and presence of death and black metal, expertly captured by Andrew Schneider’s (Unsane, Cave In, Daughters) sick vision of noise and girth. “We entered writing for this album with one goal in mind – to please the smile”, states frontman Jesse Matthewson, referring to the cover piece by the band’s long-time collaborator Randy Ortiz – see below.

Jesse continues…“We wanted to make an album that represented a thinking person’s reaction to the political/technological climate we are existing in today. We wanted to make the perfect album to put on repeat while pushing your physical limits to their maximum, if only to silence the noise that is constantly whirring around inside of your own head, even for a brief moment. We wanted tones that bash and cut, and for you to feel that desperate part of yourself clawing for a way out. And then, just when things are at their most bleak, you start to focus on what’s actually being said, and you’ll see the humour in absolutely everything that is transpiring before you. THAT is Loved.

(Art work by Randy Ortiz)
1. Doesn’t Feel Pain Like He Should
2. The Illusion Of Dignity
3. Feathers & Lips
4. Learning To Be Too Cold
5. Not Soulmates
6. Very Small Men
7. This Is A Love Test
8. Fractures In Adults
9. No Gentle Art
Band pre-order: (band exclusive press limited to 200 worldwide)

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