Ken Mode: Andrew LaCour, Jesse Matthewson and Shane Matthewson (KEN Mode)
KEN mode is probably the most hardcore act to come out of Winnipeg -- ever.
The band describes themselves as "a product of long, hard winters culminating in a sound that whips, pummels and lacerates its end users like a wicked Manitoba wind".
Since 1999 the trio has released four full length albums, and toured relentlessly--in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. The hard work is paying off.
A few weeks ago Venerable was nominated for the newest Juno, "Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year." This week the band got the nod from the Independent Music Awards, for "Metal Artist/Group or Duo of the Year".
But KEN mode can't always be a raw, crushing force of pure metal awesomeness. No, like all good touring acts, they too must spend some downtime in the van.
So on that note here is KEN Mode, who are brothers Jesse and Shane Matthewson and Thérèse Lanz, taking part in SCENE's series on van etiquette.
Who gets the front seat and how do you decide?
With us it's usually calling the back seat that's the priority, as that's the seat option where you can lay down in our van. We have two seats removed from our minivan that we lay mats down in place of. It's a decent setup, given that there's usually just 3 of us. Usually our lazy bassist takes the back seat.
To ask or not to ask for directions?
Only when the GPS fails us. Doesn't happen a lot these days, but I do know we've done so in the past year when we were doing our third lap of the Detroit/Windsor "exit to Canada" that was under construction.
What's your favorite road food?
French toast, eggs and bacon can tend to be a staple, at least in the US for us.
Who's in charge of giving the order at the drive through window?
The driver I suppose, but we try to avoid drive through at all costs. That stuff rots your guts and makes a rough way of life even rougher. Most of my tour drive-through experiences result in a next day emergency bathroom.
What's your luggage limit?