Pre-Sale: December 3, 2021 – Release Date: January 14, 2022
Label: No List Records & Learning Curve Records
(all proceeds from this compilation will be going to the Jacome family)
There’s a predictable thing that happens when bands of a similar sound first get together. They talk about other bands. Specifically, what inspired them. What blew their minds. What got them believing that there was a place for a sound like theirs.
You go into those conversations expecting to hear certain names. The big ones. The canon. The touchstones. That’s all well and good. But what really hits home is the moment when you find out that a band that felt like your own private discovery is just as special in someone else’s heart as well. And hold on, that person knows about them, too. And that one …
For many of us in the noise/sludge/heavy music scene, that band is Shallow North Dakota. Despite a relatively slim recorded output through the 90s, capped by a self-released double LP swan song in 2004 that was barely promoted and never toured, this trio left behind a Velvet Underground-sized impression on those who heard them.
Part of that was their monolithic volume, a seismically registering force that dealt cannon blows to anything not welded in place. But more significant was their inversion of the classic power trio format. The axemen—guitarist Dan Dunham and bassist Michael ‘Biff’ Young—neither pounced nor preened. Instead, they faced inward, eyes trained deeply on the fulcrum of the group’s might and character. Drummer and vocalist Tony Jacome. With Jacome acting as the accelerant, the three men spat particles of ionized sound into their own core—a reactor sealed by focus, bearing the brunt of their own nuclear force. Sound bonding and breaking. Over and over.
Near the start of this year, it was announced that Jacome had pancreatic cancer. By the end of September, he was gone. In the months between, many musicians found themselves engaged in that conversation all over again, but this time with an added dimension. The true breadth of Shallow North Dakota’s influence seeped to the surface, rapidly and passionately. Still somewhat secret, but now known. And with all of this knowledge, came a sense of urgency to cement this shared experience.
That’s what Rhino Body Lover: A Tribute to Shallow North Dakota is. This 29-song tribute covers the majority of the band’s catalogue—an honouring of the fact that if the SND catalogue was a touch slim, that was only because it was fat free. Every tune had its advocate—and this advocacy came from far and wide. From Finland’s Throat to Vancouver’s Bison, Montreal’s The Great Sabatini to Minneapolis’ Asbestos Worker and Texas’ Grasshopper Lies Heavy, the assembled bands reflect the expansive respect the band still commands to this day.
As a show of that respect, all proceeds from this compilation will be going to the Jacome family—longtime soulmate Cheryl and their two young children.
– 2 CD set in a DVD package, 6 panel foldout with large format cover art. 29 tracks from 27 artists.
– SIANspheric – This Apparatus Must Be Earthed – Sonic Unyon Original band Bison – ‘Outside Dakota’ featuring Jahmeel Russell (Actors/ KITTENS) on Bass The Grasshopper Lies Heavy– ‘Odd’ – with TUNIC vocalist David Schellenberg THROAT – ‘cuz’ – Finnish noise rock
– Bleeding Out – War Wagon – Profound Lore Records
Track Listing by Artists:
adolyne – The Lubber
Anthesis – Perna Du Pau
Asbestos Worker – Skid Incinerator
Asbestos Worker – I’m The Boss/You’re The Boss
Bedtimemagic – Diga
Bison – Outside Dakota
BLEEDING OUT – War Wagon
Cancelled – With My Pitchfork
Cell Press – Target
CELLOS – Moustache Rock
Drug Sauna – Experiment (reprise)
Evil Age – Blown
Fashion Week – Speed King
Fiftywatthead – Cigar Box
Fuck The Facts – Open Minded
Intercourse – Blowhole
Naw – Experiment
Not Of – Untitled
Ogimaa – Six Foot Foam Skull
Power Takeoff – Replace the Herzog
Quiet Earth – Waking the Herd
Sianispheric – This Apparatus Must Be Earthed
Swarm of Spheres – Old Type Rider
Swine – Auto Body Crusher
The Grasshopper Lies Heavy – Odd
The Great Sabatini – The Deadman Has a Memo
The Swine – Salvo (instrumental)
Them Teeth – Greenhorn
Throat – Cuz
Work Party – Backbone
WORSE – The Milkman