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The Shanks celebrate 10 years of bass and drums rock power with a brand new EP revisiting some re-recorded, newly produced old tracks as well as a brand new tune from the ”Prisons of Ecstasy” sessions in Sweden (their next album, coming soon). Producer Darryl Neudorf produces ”Bridge of Sighs” and mixes ”English Dream”, while Sir Ian Blurton remixes ”Out of Your Mouth” and produces The Smiths’ cover of ”Bigmouth Strikes Again”, originally recorded for a sci-fi soundtrack; while The Shanks’ own Live Sound engineer, ”third Shank” Arthur Sadowski re-produces ”All My Rock and Roll Children” and Swedish superstar Nicke Andersson produces the new track ”Behind These Bars”, from the aforementioned upcoming album ”Prisons of Ecstasy”… all in all a Shanktastic rock n roll celebration of 10 years of bass and drums from Canada’s THE SHANKS.

OUT OCTOBER 16th at all fine digital retailers!

Tracklisting:

1. BRIDGE OF SIGHS (Producer: Darryl Neudorf)
2. BIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN (Marr/Morrissey, Producer: Ian Blurton) 
3. BEHIND THESE BARS (Producer: Nicke Andersson)
4. ENGLISH DREAM (Producer: John David Brumell, Mixed by Darryl Neudorf) 
5. ALL MY ROCKNROLL CHILDREN (Producer: Arthur Sadowski)
6. OUT OF YOUR MOUTH (Re-mix, Producer: Ian Blurton)

 

 

Lee’s Palace show cancelled – Tour Starts in NYC on Friday!

Greetings everyone,

We regret to inform that The Shanks’ gig with The Membranes at Lee’s Palace has been cancelled. John Robb from The Membranes explains,

“We regret to announce that despite spending £5000 and weeks of planning and work we still have not received our visas for touring the USA. We have not been turned down for visas: We have been approved for visas but the American embassy in London can’t hand them over to us until Thursday so we just cannot get to the show in Toronto.
We are still hoping to play Brooklyn on Friday.
It’s been an agonising and expensive process.
We are really unhappy about this situation. It is something that British bands have to put up with all the time now – a really expensive and shambolic process that makes it really difficult to tour the USA which makes playing Canada difficult as well. Sorry and we hope to still play as much of our tour as possible and return next spring to play Toronto. It is time to change this ridiculous system and the campaign has now started.”

NO. SLEEP. ‘TIL. BROOKLYN!

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The Shanks hit the road on tour with The Membranes!

us tour poster flatNew SHANKS US tour announcement, we are hitting the interstate for 10 dates as direct support act for the seminal Manchester UK art-punks THE MEMBRANES right after we open up for them at Lee’s Palace in Toronto on Wed. October 14th. Pumped!

Oct. 15 Philadelphia PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Oct. 16 Brooklyn NY – The Grand Victory
Oct. 18 Boston MA – Middle East
Oct. 20 Cleveland OH – Now That’s Class
Oct. 21 Nashville TN – Stone Fox
Oct. 22 Atlanta GA – The Earl
Oct. 23 New Orleans LA – Circle Bar
Oct. 24 Austin TX – Sidewinder
Oct. 25 Fort Worth TX – Lola’s
Nov.12 Chicago IL – The Burlington

Find out more about The Membranes on their website http://www.themembranes.co.uk/

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The Shanks unveil “Prisons of Ecstasy” Teaser!

Founded on a farm in Mono, Ontario, Canada, in 2005 by Ian Starkey, aka St. Pistolwhip von Shankenstein XVIII, The Shanks are a blistering rock duo comprised of bass and drums, with Jody Brumell aka Colonel Crankshaft rounding out the line-up.

To commemorate The Shanks’ 10th anniversary, The Shanks are teaming up with Nicke Andersson (Imperial State Electric, ex-Hellacopters/Entombed, multi-instrumentalist and record producer) in Sweden to record what will be The Shanks’ fifth full-length studio album, working title “Prisons of Ecstasy”, engineered by Ola Elsfjord.

During this past month of May, bedtracks were recorded on tape at Stockholm’s Studio Gröndahl, with overdubs and mixing now underway at Nicke Andersson’s own studio. A mini-film teaser is now available as a sneak-peak into the recording shot and directed by Mattolavold Stockholm!

 

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Founded on a farm in Mono, Ontario, Canada, in 2005 by Ian Starkey, aka St. Pistolwhip von Shankenstein XVIII, The Shanks are a blistering rock duo comprised of bass and drums, with Jody Brumell aka Colonel Crankshaft rounding out the line-up.

A combination of 1970s album-oriented rock and proto-punk with their very own unique zeitgeist, The Shanks belt out melodic chordal arrangements amidst a sea of low end and pounding rhythms. It’s haunting, tribal arena-rock played on a basement floor, hailed by Germany’s Rolling Stone magazine for both their songs and attitude on their last album, “Surfing the Lexicon”, produced in Canada by Sir Ian Blurton and released via Phratry Records in the US.

To commemorate The Shanks’ 10th anniversary, The Shanks are teaming up with Nicke Andersson (Imperial State Electric, ex-Hellacopters/Entombed, multi-instrumentalist and record producer) in Sweden to record what will be The Shanks’ fifth full-length studio album, working title “Prisons of Ecstasy”.

During this month of May, bedtracks will be recorded on tape at Stockholm’s Studio Gröndahl, with overdubs and mixing at Nicke Andersson’s own studio. The Shanks’ European management will then begin the process of shopping the album to European labels.

The Shanks Midwest Tour Dates

Greetings from Shanksville!

While we await the final edit of the brand new video from The Shanks’ latest release “Surfing the Lexicon”, we are thrilled to announce The Shanks’ midwest tour dates for the upcoming month of March:

THE SHANKS on tour:

Thursday, March 12 – Dayton OH (Blind Bob’s) w/ MAD ANTHONY
Friday, March 13 – Lexington KY (Green Lantern) w/ MAD ANTHONY
Saturday, March 14 – Cincinnati OH (Woodward Theater) w/ MAD ANTHONY
Sunday, March 15 – Louisville KY (3rd Street Dive)
Wednesday, March 18 – Huntington WV (V Club)
Thursday, March 19 – Chicago IL (Quencher’s Saloon) w/ KNIFE THE SYMPHONY & NONAGON
Friday, March 20 – Madison WI (Mickey’s Tavern) w/ KNIFE THE SYMPHONY, TYRANNY IS TYRANNY
Saturday, March 21 – Kalamazoo MI (Milhouse) w/ KNIFE THE SYMPHONY
We can also advance that The Shanks will make an early return sortie back to Europe in May, the details of which must remain classified for the time being.  A very special Canadian date will also be announced shortly for April, prior to The Shanks’ return to Europe!

The Shanks’ German Heavy Metal Girl tour!

The Shanks will pshanksRF2014lay the following short run of dates promoting their latest album, Surfing the Lexicon, as well as the brand new “German Heavy Metal Girl” single:

Friday Sept. 12, Cincinnati Ohio @ Southgate House
Thursday Sept 18, Cologne, Germany @ Stereo Wonderland
Friday Sept 19, REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL, Hamburg, Germany @ Pooca Bar
Saturday Sept 20, Berlin, Germany @ 8MM Bar
Friday Oct. 17, PHRATRY RECORDS 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY, Cincinnati Ohio @ Southgate House
Saturday December 13, Alton, Ontario @ Ray’s Bakery

The Shanks play Reeperbahn Festival 2014!

The Shanks have been confirmed to perform at this year’s Reeperbahn Festival, at the venue Pooca Bar, for the AMAEI showcase in Hamburg.

The AMAEI is the Portuguese Independent Music Association, and for their “Atlantic Link Showcase” AMAEI have invited The Shanks to perform as their international guest, alongside The Weatherman and Frankie Chavez.

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This will be The Shanks’ first time back in Germany following the release of “Surfing the Lexicon”, now out via Broken Silence distribution. Here’s what people are saying:

Grow: “….ein harmonisches und zugleich außergewöhnliches Gesamtes… ein tiefgründige Reise durch die unterschiedlichsten Klanglandschaften…”

rcn 7/9: “…10 atmosphärische Kleinodien…” http://www.rcnmagazin.de/go/rcn/_dbe,news,_auto_8396001.xhtml

The Shanks“ erinneren mit ihrem Klang an die guten alten High-School Bands, die zu Beginn Songs gecovert haben und dann ganz groß rausgekommen sind. Man kommt in den Bann des Albums und möchte es gar nicht mehr hergeben. Für Fans von Stoner-Rock ein absolutes Muss!”

InHard: “…angesagter Trip für jeden Wohnzimmer Neurotiker.”

ffm-rock.de: http://allover-ffm-rock.de/reviews-interviews/cd-reviews/18788-the-shanks-surfing-the-lexicon

“Sicher kann man über die recht kurze Spielzeit von grade mal knapp 34 Minuten meckern aber bei der dargebotenen Intensität reicht das absolut aus und man kann auch schneller den nächsten Durchlauf starten.” 8/10 points

der-hoerspiegel.de: http://www.der-hoerspiegel.de/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=44:rock&id=6201:Surfing-the-Lexicon&Itemid=41

“Diese Band gehört auf die Bühne, da ihr Sound eine Ungeschliffenheit besitzt, die sonst nur live erzeugt wird. Chapeau!” 9/10 points

powermetal.de: http://powermetal.de/review/review-Shanks__The/Surfing_The_Lexicon,23450.html

“Was man allerdings nicht erwarten sollte, sind packende Melodien oder potenzielle Single-Kandidaten. THE SHANKS ist eine Album-Band, daran lässt man auch anno 2014 keine Zweifel. Und da man auch nicht nach Hooklines strebt, sondern verstärkt auf das Feeling achtet, wird das ganze wohl auch eher Special Interest bleiben – in diesem Fall aber ein lohnenswerter Vertreter dieser besonderen Sparte!” 8/10 points

deepground.de: http://www.deepground.de/music-review/the-shanks-surfing-the-lexicon/

“Insgesamt haftet “Surfing the Lexicon” also zwar immer ein gewisser Retro-Charme an, dieser wird aber stets in ein modernes Soundgewand verpackt, ohne die besonderen Eigenschaften der 70er Jahre Punk-Rockmusik außer Acht zu lassen. Eine genaue Zielgruppe für “Surfing the Lexicon” lässt sich letztendlich nicht benennen, vielmehr wissen The Shanks auf derart interessante Weise zu gefallen, dass hier viele Hörer mit unterschiedlichen Vorlieben angesprochen werden.” 4/5 points

kulturnews: “…haben sie einen perfekten retrorockigen Surfersound etabliert… In dichten Schichten aufgebaute Gitarrenwände, melodischer Harmoniegesang. leicht nölig und dabei extrem eingängig – Pistolwhip von Shankenstein und Colonel Crankshaft wissen wie’s geht.”

Rolling Stone DE: “Klare Songs, ordentlich Schmutz in der Attitüde: gut.”

The Shanks’ CMW Webcast!

Tonight in Toronto (3 AM at Cherry Cola’s Rock n Roll Cabaret, so: Friday morning) and tomorrow morning for our European friends, 9 AM German time / 8 AM GMT), be sure to tune in to this channel to watch the world premiere of The Shanks’ new video and catch their live set at CMW:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/global-shank-vision

Canada’s “Grand Viziers of Rock Annihilation” the SHANKS present the world premiere screening of the video for the Squirtgun Records release of the new single track “GERMAN HEAVY METAL GIRL”. An epic Polish buffet rendered in the “Grand Style” will remain in place for the duration of the show, fully fortified as long as the supply lines can be maintained. Live to internet broadcast.