KEN mode and Kowloon Walled City have joined forces for a new split release to raise money for Shallow North Dakota‘s Tony Jacome, who is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. You can purchase the EP on Bandcamp and donate to Jacome via GoFundMe. The effort features an unreleased Shallow North Dakota song titled “Bearded Burly Man,” KEN mode’s covers of “Outside Dakota” and “Six Foot Foam Lover,“ and Kowloon Walled City‘s cover of “The Milkman.”
KEN mode commented:
“Two new KEN mode tracks.
So, we made a post a few weeks ago on FB and IG about our friend Tony, who plays in one of the heaviest bands of all time – Shallow North Dakota. He’s fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and some people are trying to help raise funds for his fight and his family.
The music community started stepping up, and over the course of the week, we found out that Shallow North Dakota had a song from their final album, Mob Wheel, that never got released, and that they were planning to release this with our pals Kowloon Walled City as a special limited fundraising release LP.
KWC had done a SDN cover back in 2011 that also never got released. So we decided to muscle our way onto this, despite not having any material. We jammed on two SND songs on Jan 13, put down some drums, and ran with it. Jesse spent a bunch of time mixing it, Scott Evans and Sean Pearson (who engineered the other two tracks) helped provide feedback along the way, then Carl Saff was kind enough to rush out a killer mastering job on the whole batch, while our bud Sean Arsenian whipped up some art.
This whole record is one big fundraiser. We’re releasing it on bandcamp to start, with LP pre-orders and digital, and it’ll be available on various other streaming services next week. Think of it as the sickest, heaviest gofundme you’ve ever seen. The cause is heartbreaking and sucks, but we were stoked to be able to mobilize and try to do something under the circumstances.”