KEN Mode, Inter Arma
Everything Went Black, Jack Buck
4191 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63110
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
KEN mode (an acronym for Kill Everyone Now) is a Canadian metallic hardcore-influenced noise rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba that was formed in September 1999.
Formed by brothers Jesse (guitar/vocals) and Shane Matthewson (drums) and long-time friend Darryl Laxdal (bass), the group released several demos from 1999 to 2003, leading to the release of their debut full length Mongrel on Escape Artist Records.
Several tours followed with the likes of Relapse Records' The End , Sulaco and American Heritage  in addition to regional dates with Mastodon, Burnt By The Sun, Anodyne, Pelican, Harkonen, Breather Resist, The Dream is Dead, Psyopus, Daughters, and Buried Inside across the Midwestern and East Coast United States, and throughout Canada. In 2004 Laxdal left the band, only to rejoin in 2005 to finish the band's follow-up record Reprisal, released in 2006 on CD by Escape Artist Records, and on double-LP by No List Records. After the recording of Reprisal Laxdal and the band parted ways again. Picking up bass duties after Laxdal's departure was Drew Johnston (guitarist in Electro Quarterstaff) who also played with Jesse, Shane and Darryl in Hide Your Daughters.
In October 2006 the band took part in the "Exclaim! Magazine Aggressive Tendencies Tour" with Pelican and Daughters across Canada. Bass duties were handled by former Kittens and Projektor member Jahmeel Russell who played with Jesse, Shane and Drew in Hide Your Daughters.
KEN mode went on to work with Jahmeel for the band's third full-length, Mennonite, which was released in July 2008 on CD by Jesse Matthewson's own label, Arctodus Records, and on 3x7" vinyl by No List Records.
Prior to releasing Mennonite, Chad Tremblay joined the band as their fourth bassist in two years. The band embarked on a European tour with Welsh rockers Taint. Chad would go on to direct the bands debut music video for the song "Extending Common Courtesy Throughout The Evening" from their Mennonite album.
In 2010 the band announced that Profound Lore Records will release its fourth full length album, titled Venerable, to be recorded August 2010 with Kurt Ballou of Converge. They also announced several North American tours with Gaza, Engineer, Rosetta, Buried Inside, Wolvhammer, Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire, and others.
Formed in 2006, Inter Arma is one of the most talked about heavy bands to come out of Richmond, VA . The group (consisting of T.J. Childers - Drums, Steven Russell - Guitars, Trey Dalton - Guitars, Mike Paparo - Vocals, Joe Kerkes - Bass) formed in 2006 and released their crushing debut full-length Sundown via Forcefield Records in 2010 to much critical acclaim. Combining a punk rock ethos with an esoteric blend of psychedelia, black metal, and doom/sludge, the quintet quickly developed a name for themselves in the underground through relentless touring and mesmerizing live performances. After Sundown's release, Inter Arma began a rigorous DIY touring schedule, playing shows with bands like Cough, Krallice, Mutant Supremacy, Castevet, Royal Thunder, Ken Mode, The Body, Hull, Batillus, Black Breath and many more.
Everything Went Black
Everything Went Black plays a concise, sophisticated brand of fast and heavy aggressive music drawing influence from the likes of the Hope Conspiracy, Black Flag and Entombed, while still maintaining a sound that is very much its own. Since the band's formation in the spring of 2009, it has self released an EP, a 7" on Hands Up! Records, a split with Louisville, KY hardcore outfit Rattletooth on St. Louis based label I Hate Punk Rock Records, and a full length on Lost Shepherd/Prosthetic Records, home of artists such as Skeletonwitch, Trap Them, and The Acacia Strain.
Everything Went Black have shared the stage with Converge, Have Heart, Black Breath and more. In 2012 Everything Went Black hit the road to support their full length Cycles Of Light. Playing festivals such as SXSW, The Rumble, and supporting metallic hardcore legends Ringworm on the way to and from Chaos In Tejas. Everything Went Black are currently working on their second full length due out in 2013.
Jack Buck is a perfect example of style and substance. With super-clean aesthetics on physical releases and an almost too-pretty-for-punk-rock appearance, the band is secretly kinking your IV line, adding air bubbles to your blood stream. Jack Buck does the noise-rock thing perfectly, with intelligent arrangements that would make bands like Unsane and the Jesus Lizard proud. Vocalist Colin Webb's calculated-yet-reckless delivery stands out without taking away from the stringent riffs. JB's newest release, Soft, comes on a clear seven-inch record with two new songs that show an incredible advancement from an already stunning debut. If you like rock & roll in any form, you would be a fool to not immediately purchase this record.