KEN mode

KEN mode

Alternative Metal


Season of Mist/New Damage recording artists KEN mode is a JUNO award winning independent indie rock/metal/hardcore band from Winnipeg, MB, Canada. 

The band was formed in 1999 by Royal Conservatory of Music trained musicians Jesse Matthewson, B.Comm (Hons) and Shane Matthewson, CPA, CA, B. Comm (Hons) and has been actively touring Canada, the United States and Europe since 2002 with such acts as Russian Circles, Torche, Deafheaven, Norma Jean, Kylesa, Pelican, Daughters, Revocation, and Today is the Day, maintaining an unrelenting schedule for the past 5 years. Through their relentless touring they have additionally shared the stage with a multitude of gigantic acts as part of SXSW 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 in Austin, TX.  Hellfest Open Air 2011 in Clisson, France. Pitchfork Festival Chicago 2013. Northside Festival 2013 in New York, NY. Halifax Pop Explosion 2013. Hopscotch Festival 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Housecore Horror Festival 2014. Roadburn Festival 2015 in Tilburg, Netherlands. Temples Festival 2015 in Bristol, UK. OTB Festival 2015 in Paris, France.

In 2012, KEN mode won the inaugural JUNO for best Heavy Metal/Hard album of the year for their Venerable LP as nominated by the The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), and in 2013 they won the inaugural WCMA for best Heavy Metal/Hard album of the year for their Entrench LP, which was also nominated for a JUNO in 2014, and long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize in 2013. 
The band awaits the JUNO awards in 2016 to find out if their 'Success' LP will see them winning their 2nd Juno award under the Heavy Metal/Hard album of the year category. 

KEN mode has released six internationally distributed full length albums: Mongrel (2003), Reprisal (2006), Mennonite (2008), the Kurt Ballou (Converge, High on Fire, Kvelertak) produced Venerable (2011), the Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Botch, Minus the Bear) produced Entrench (2013), and the Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, the Pixies) recorded Success (2015).
Success, Entrench, and Venerable made several year-end critics lists over the past several years including #1 metal album at Exclaim! Magazine, Pitchfork Media, Stereogum, Loudwire, New Noise, Buzzfeed, and others.

The band's press and media and coverage runs as diverse as Forbes Magazine, Major League Baseball, Pitchfork Media, NPR,Vice Media, CBC, Converse, Spin Magazine, Pop Matters, Rolling Stone Magazine, AXS TV Inside MMA, SB Nation, Exclaim! Magazine, to the Winnipeg Free Press, Metro, and the Winnipeg Sun.
In 2013 the group was invited to record a session for world renowned BBC Radio 1 in London, UK.





"Blessed" from Success




"These Tight Jeans" from Success




"The Terror Pulse" from Entrench


Failing At Fun Since 1981 by KEN mode

Absolutely Not by KEN mode

These Tight Jeans by KEN mode

Blessed by KEN mode

The Terror Pulse by KEN mode

Romeo Must Never Know by KEN mode

Secret Vasectomy by KEN mode

Counter Culture Complex by KEN mode

Extending Common Courtesy Throughout The Evening by KEN mode



Nerve KEN mode

Released: November 10, 2016

Label: Reptilian Records

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Success KEN mode

Released: June 15, 2015

Producer: Steve Albini

Label: Season of Mist

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Entrench KEN mode

Released: March 19, 2013

Label: Season of Mist

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Venerable KEN mode

Released: March 15, 2011

Producer: Kurt Ballou/KEN mode

Label: Profound Lore Records

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Mennonite KEN mode

Released: July 2, 2008

Producer: Craig Boychuk

Label: Arctodus Records

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Reprisal KEN mode

Released: July 25, 2006

Producer: KEN mode, Craig Boychuk

Label: Escape Artist Records.

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Mongrel KEN mode

Released: April 22, 2003

Producer: Rob Shallcross

Label: Escape Artist

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