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KEN Mode Wants You to Void Your Warranty and “Throw Your Phone in the River”


What goes better with the kind of metallic hardcore/noise rock cacophony of KEN Mode than destruction of your own person property? That’s likely what happens to a bunch of people’s phones in the pit during the video for their fourth single, “Throw Your Phone in the River, off their forthcoming album, Null.

Set for release on September 22, the band’s new album is sure to tear you a new one, if this song is any further indication. The video is directed by Christopher Mills and Tyler Funk and showcases just how crazy KEN Mode’s live performances can get.

Vocalist Jesse Matthewson said that while the new album was born during the height of loneliness and separation we all felt during the COVID-19 lockdowns, “Throw Your Phone in the River” is a brutal teardown of our collective need to doomscroll.

“‘I can’t help you if I can’t even help myself. I’m drowning in this cyclical mess, and it just won’t finish me off.’ This is pretty much the sentiment of this one. I wrote it in about an hour one afternoon in the thick of the worst part of 2020. Just banged it all out. It felt perfect in its simplicity.”

Check out the video below.

If your phone’s warranty is ironclad and you’re down for some live mayhem, check out KEN Mode on tour starting next month with supporting act Frail Body.

KEN Mode w/Frail Body

Oct 20 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Oct 21 – Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel
Oct 22 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Oct 23 – Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle Brewing Co.
Oct 24 – Columbus, OH @ Big Room Bar
Oct 25 – Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR
Oct 26 – Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
Oct 27 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street
Oct 28 – Austin, TX @ The Lost Well
Oct 29 – Houston, TX @ Black Magic
Oct 30 – Denton, TX @ No Coast Fest
Oct 31 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Nov 2 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Nov 3 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
Nov 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Silk City
Nov 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Nov 6 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Nov 7 – Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus
Nov 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
Nov 9 – Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
Nov 10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Nov 12 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium

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