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!

 

THE SHANKS RECORD IN 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.

AMAEI Reeperbahn Festival banner

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.

The Shanks at CMW 2014: May 8th, Cherry Cola’s, Thursday night / Friday morning

SHANKS CMW 2014 Showcase – “German Heavy Metal Girl” Video Premiere Event

Celebrating the German release of The Shanks’ “Surfing the Lexicon” album, out on Phratry Records US and distributed in German by Broken Silence Distribution!

Cherry Cola’s Rocknroll Cabaret
200 Bathurst St. Toronto
Thursday May 8, 3 AM

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.

The show is also going to be broadcast live to the internet so our friends in the EU can tune in.

“Hard rock/indie like Motorhead and Two Gallants, also classic 70s
arena rock. Clear songs with dirty attitude. Final summary : GOOD” 3/4
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE (German Language Edition)