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…!
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!
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:
Punk News US premiere
Musik Reviews Germany
Metal Underground Austria
Metal Glory Germany
The 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:
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”.
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…
Mono’s very own noise distillers The Shanks play two home town gigs this month of March!
MARCH 18th: TORONTO – Cherry Cola’s
MARCH 20th: MONO Mastinée @ The Tractor Shop
Following these gigs, The Shanks’ new label Here to Everywhere Entertainment Inc. shall announce the release of The Shanks’ first new single in 2016 – and its accompanying video!
See you at the shows!
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!
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)
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!