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:

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.”


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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


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!