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EP:A Future to Kill the Habits on the Witch's Tongue


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The music is the star, not the members. Mode's live efforts are energetic and dynamic. Villalobos' explosions of loud, fuzzy, and driven guitars are supported Alo's raw and groovy bass lines which both can come down to a spontaneous whisper. Babayan's fat, powerful drums bind the sound and holds it in its place only to be sweetened and topped off by Yamada's keyboard work who's timbre ranges from soft ethereal cries to crunchy organs.
Freeform/improvisational jams are a huge pillar within the live set of MODE, which caught the ears and eyes of Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, a self made keyboard guru whose works can be heard in THE MARS VOLTA, FREE MORAL AGENTS, and many more. Soon after MODE planned recording dates with Owens on deck as producer, along with Anthony Arvizu who recorded/mixed and co-produced the project with the help of Jeff Lewis as engineer. Sessions were held at Long Beach's Compound Studio. Owens and Arvizu worked closely with the band and evoked the debut release from its members which would soon be called "A FUTURE TO KILL THE HABITS ON THE WITCH'S TONGUE." The album's 10 tracks, some of which ooze into each other on the latter end, illustrate stregths of all four members as well as some guest work by percussionist Steven Hodges. Owens and Arvizu joined the band for some moments on the EP, which continued to fuel the sound of ..."THE WITCH'S TONGUE " hear it is to be taken to the heart of rock and roll and it's sponteneity.