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Song of the Day: Walker Kong

Walker Kong is by now one of Minnesota’s most beloved music groups. Since 1998, the band has released three records to critical acclaim, each a slice of an era gone by rooted in solid pop sensibilities, a style that rather oddly hasn’t been explored much by local musicians. Now with a new record, Walker Kong has emerged again, infusing the community with their trademark vintage luster after years of a noticeable void.

Had it not been for the Walker Kong’s fans, their newest record Phazes Of Light might not have come to fruition. They needed funds to finish mixing and mastering the album. And it’s a good thing they exceeded their goal considering the talent behind the production: Nashville-based Mark Nevers who has worked with Elvis Costello, Andrew Bird, Lambchop, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Silver Jews.

Jeremy Ackerman recruited his friends in the late ‘90s to start a band that wasn’t necessarily based on technical proficiency but more on the creative spirit. But once they realized that people were definitely interested, Walker Kong became a much larger project, sending its members to the rehearsal chamber almost every day during the week. It’s this dedication to continue finessing their craft that has made them one of the strongest acts I our Minnesota music catalogue.

They’ll be celebrating the release of Phazes Of Light on June 2 at Bryant Lake Bowl.

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