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 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!

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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