New Shows for Southern Ontario

Canadian fans will have two chances to catch the roaming SHANKS live:

SHANKFEST – Thurs. December 21st, Blackwolf Smokehouse, Orangeville, ON

BREWZAPALOOZA – Beer Festival – Sat. January 20th, opening for TEENAGE HEAD

The Shanks at the Bovine!

Fresh down from Spanish healing, SHANKS tunes it up at the Bovine. With special guests WHITES SPACES & CAT PACHEENO.

“Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room” (Winston Churchill)

Saturday, November 4th

Bovine Sex Club
special guests:
White Spaces
Cat Pacheeno

The Shanks support Imperial State Electric in Spain

The Shanks head back to Europe to support Imperial State Electric on 4 live dates of their upcoming Spanish tour, re-joining their producer Nicke Andersson and sound engineer Ola Ersfjord while making new friends in Asturian, Galician, Andalusian lands as well as Madrid, of course. Pistolwhip von Shankenstein and Colonel Crankshaft’s Spanish adventures will be chronicled photographically for posterity, whilst we expect this to be the first of many Spanish tours for The Shanks. There’s something about The Shanks and Spain…!

The Shanks’ Pistolwhip to join Duotang at the Horseshoe June 16th!

Extra Extra!

Hot on the heels (well, sort of!) of fabled good times together at SXSW ’17, The Shanks’ very own 4-string rock machine St. Pistolwhip von Shankenstein has been invited for a cameo during DUOTANG’s set at The Smugglers’ reunion gig at The Horseshoe in Toronto, June 16th.

This is obviously a rock n roll moment not to be missed, in and of itself, and we are very happy to be a part of it. It’s true: Mods and Rockers. We love Duotang!

The Shanks announced for SXSW ’17

Following the release of their fifth studio album “Prisons of Ecstasy”, recorded in Sweden with Nicke Andersson and distributed via Germany’s Broken Silence distribution, Canada’s rock power duo The Shanks have been announced to assist with the mission of keeping Austin weird by playing SXSW 2017.

Meanwhile, “Prisons of Ecstasy” has been getting some solid reviews on both sides of the pond between Europe and America. Here are some links to tide you over until The Shanks’ live dates in March:

AXS premiere

Punk News US premiere

Musik Reviews Germany


Metal Underground Austria

Deepground Germany

Metal Glory Germany

Drefvet Sweden

Intervjun Sweden


The Shanks’ “Prisons of Ecstasy” album set for October 14th release!

poecoverwebThe Shanks’ fifth studio album, “Prisons of Ecstasy”, produced by Nicke Andersson (ex-Entombed, Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric) is set for a worldwide release date of October 14th.

While the US and Canada have already become familiar with the North.American version of the album, that was released Sep. 23rd, the October 14th release heralds the “Prisons of Ecstasy” DELUXE EDITION, and the CD comes with a bonus (hidden) track. The physical and digital (iTunes only) booklet also features full lyrics and the zeitgeist tales authored by Pistolwhip von Shankenstein, founder of the Shanks.

Meanwhile, Colonel Crankshaft has also overseen design production for the Deluxe Edition, which was undertaken in Madrid by ZORDON Spain – another country The Shanks hope to conquer in 2017.

Also be sure to check out The Shanks’ brand new video for Incarceration Man:

The Shanks perform in Sweden at Live at Heart Showcase Festival

Ahead of the release of their brand new album, “Prisons of Ecstasy”, The Shanks return to the scene of the crime (that’s Sweden! – where Nicke Andersson produced the album) to perform at the Live at Heart showcase festival: check out The Shanks’ LAH page here.

Two shows will rock Orebro September 2nd at East West and September 3rd at Level.

“Prisons of Ecstasy” will be released in North America September 23rd and in Europe on October 14th, and is preceeded by two singles: “Do You Fear Me?” and “Incarceration Man”.

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The Shanks celebrate release of “Do You Fear Me”: first single from POE!

This coming month of May, The Shanks celebrate the release of the first single from the upcoming “Prisons of Ecstasy” album. “Do You Fear Me” is the track, and May 13th is the release date.

Produced by Nicke Andersson, the new track and new album (scheduled for a September release on Here to Everywhere Records) were recorded in Sweden:

The single is to be released in two formats, the full version as well as a radio / video edit, and will be celebrated with a live show in Toronto on May 14th: new single, old friends, it’s like it’s 1996 again: The Conscience Pilate and The Dirty Water round out the stellar triple bill.

Those in the know will remember The Conscience Pilate from Pistolwhip’s days in Nancy, Despot!; and The Dirty Water features none other than “Smokin’ Billy” Brian Christopher from The Sinisters on drums.

A soirée not to be missed…