Viking's Choice: KEN mode, 'These Tight Jeans'

April 21, 2015 2:01 PM

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KEN mode has always been a noise-rock band that could hang with the metal crowd. The Winnipeg trio often bolsters its heavy, angular riffs with burly bass lines and muscular drumming, and knows when to bring the grind. But with its sixth album, Success, KEN mode scales back its metallic tendencies to bring it all back home to the sort of treble-heavy freakouts found on albums by Cop Shoot Cop, Drive Like Jehu and Big Black.

"I would like to learn how to kill the nicest man in the world," guitarist Jesse Matthewson yells maniacally in the cold open to "These Tight Jeans." It's the kind of provocative line that would make Steve Albini grin — and, given that Albini knows a thing or two about pushing buttons with blisterin...

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