Tues. March 22: KEN Mode assaults the Coach and Cellos debuts!

Posted: March 15, 2011 by Windsor Zene in Live Performances, Previews
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Adam Craig

Some of you might remember the Amphetamine Reptile days, or the golden age of Touch and Go Records. Bands like the Jesus Lizard, the Melvins and Unsane were at their peak, driving home the point that ‘heavy is good’ and dissonance can also rock. Percolating just beneath the surface of popular consciousness, there where a handful of bands who missed catching the Nirvana inspired alt-rock bidding war but continued to do what they do with no less intensity, hunger or malice.

The Melvins and Unsane not only survived the good times and the bad times but managed to inspire a new league of upstarts with the coming of a new century. Bands like Young Widows, Doomriders or locally, Fiftywathead. Winnipeg’s KEN Mode can adequately be lumped in to this new breed of noise rock, and possibly offer up an exceptional example of it.

And they’re coming back to the Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level) on Tuesday March 22nd.

If you like loud, and if you like noisy, grimy, technical rock, this is a show not be missed. Some of you may have been present when they passed through a couple of months ago, and were able to witness exactly what I’m talking about. Those of you who were there and who are familiar at all with the noise-rock scene in the 90s know that the Melvins, Unsane and Jesus Lizard comparisons are not completely unfounded. And you also know that they’ve upped the ante with intricate arrangements and a punk sensibility that, when taken as a package is a little hard to describe, not to mention overwhelming, relentless and pummeling. So check this:

and if you’re still not convinced (which means you may be something of a fool) then you can click this one too to get a sense of the live powerhouse that these gentleman represent in the flesh:

Making their live debut as support for KEN Mode will be Windsor’s own Cellos: slapped together from members of some of Windsor’s ‘top-shelf’ bands (Orphan Choir, Explode When They Bloom, Poughboy, What Seas What Shores, Surdaster, Red Rows, etc. etc.), these upstarts fall right in line with the new breed of noise that’s been bubbling up to the surface. Early music coming out of Kingsville’s Sound Foundry studios points towards the fact that these folks are going to be a force to be reckoned with around town. If you need proof, go here: http://cellos.bandcamp.com/ or find them on Facebook for more details.

It tickles this writer’s black heart to no end to know that mid-90’s nostalgia, tempered with the brutality and technical savvy of what’s known as ‘post-hardcore’ is on the rise. Tuesday, March 22nd at the Coach, those in attendance will know exactly what I’m talking about when these two heralds of the new face of rock music bring it with gusto. NOT. TO. BE. MISSED.

KEN Mode with special guests Cellos, The Coach & Horses (156 Chatham St. West, basement level), Tuesday March 22, 9pm, 19+

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