Oakland punk outfit Kicker released a two-track EP last Thursday titled Russian RiverRelief Fund. All proceeds from the effort are going towards the North Bay Disaster Relief Fundraiser. The benefit was launched to help victims of the massive flood that took place at the end of February in the Guerneville region of Northern California. Once the initial goal for the fundraiser is met, additional profits will be distributed to any other river related fundraisers.
The band issued the following statement:
“As many of you have probably seen on the news, there was a huge flood last week in the Guerneville region of Northern California. The Russian River rose to its highest level in twenty-four years, fifteen feet over flood stage. Roughly two-thousand homes and business were flooded/damaged, and hundreds of residents have been displaced.
Our singer Roadie and his wife Paula live less than a one-hundred yards from this river in the small town of Monte Rio. Thankfully their home was on higher ground and escaped damage. However, many of our friends and their neighbors have suffered some serious losses and damages from this flood.
We decided to release a benefit, pay-as-you-want downloadable EP with hopes of raising some money to help those affected by the flood. In keeping with the spirit of this region, this EP features a revised version of the track ‘Monte Rio’ from our brand-new LP Pure Drivel. This version is a different mix from the record and for the first time in Kicker history, has curse-free (censored) lyrics that can be played on the radio, prompted by our favorite local DJ Jesse Luscious at the almighty KALX in Berkeley. Included with this EP is an unreleased track from our last session entitled ‘Shit Box’ which obviously is not radio friendly.”
You can listen to the EP below and purchase it via the Tankcrimes Bandcamp.