Winnipeg’s Ken Mode headline an incredible night of noise.
By Canadian indie standards, Ken Mode’s list of accolades is a mile long. The band won the inaugural JUNO award for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Album of the Year in 2012 for their album, Venerable, and the inaugural West Coast Music Award in the same category the following year for their album, Entrenched. That album was also long-listed for the Polaris Prize and received another JUNO nomination last year. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
The band is currently on the road in support of their latest release, Success. Continuing on a path of delivering tightly-focused, up-tempo, ear-destroying, chaotic acts of art, Ken Mode are constantly evolving their sound and are not ones to shy away from trying something new. Before the next round of award nominations roll out, Success has already lived up to its name.
Success positions the band beyond the confines of standard structures commonly associated with heavy music. It would seem that experimenting is a large part of what drives the band’s three members to continue to make music. The musicianship, the creative song writing and the final execution of each track prove with every listen that this band have not decided to not take the easy route and coast on their laurels. They’re hell bent on breaking new ground.
Success was recorded at Winnipeg’s Exchange District Studios with producer Steve Albini. Known to many for his ability to capture the noisy essence of any band, Albini’s influence stands strong on this recording, presenting just the right amount of sonic space between instruments to allow each musician’s contribution to be fully appreciated without losing track of the band’s signature sonic assault.
Joining Ken Mode for their Fredericton show will be Gatineau, Quebec’s grindcore legends, Fuck The Fact, who are also touring a new recording. Desire Will Rot was released in August through the band’s own Noise Salvation imprint.
Waterloo, Ontario’s Life In Vacuum round out the evening’s musical lineup and comedian Garrett Jamieson will get the party started when he takes to the stage at 9:30 p.m.
All in all, Thursday October 15, 2015 may go down in history as the night you lost your hearing, but gave it one hell of a send off.