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The Shanks

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Hailing from Mono Township in Ontario, Canada, The Shanks are the rock ‘n’ roll apocalypse of songwriter/vocalist/bassist Ian Donald Starkey (St.
Pistolwhip von Shankenstein), partnered with drummer John David Brumell (Colonel Crankshaft). The two have been creating gritty alternative punk rock together since 2010, although Starkey originally started the band in 2005, with the release of the EP “Here Come The Shanks” (self-released). Ten years later, with the release of “X” ep in October 2015, Starkey sets up Here to Everywhere Entertainment Inc. as the new label and publishing home of The Shanks.
With comparisons to the likes of Alice Cooper and The Dead Boys, it’s no wonder that the duo were nominated for Album of the Year in 2014 by Exclaim! Magazine for their fourth album, “Surfing the Lexicon”, produced by Sir Ian Blurton and released in the US via Phratry Records. Their fifth full-length album is titled “Prisons of Ecstasy”, was produced by Nicke Andersson (Entombed, Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric).
The Shanks have undertaken several tours in the US as well as Europe, showcasing at Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg in 2014, where they secured distribution via Broken Silence Germany; with their most recent US tour taking place in the Fall / Winter of 2015, supporting UK’s legendary post-punk icons The Membranes.
2017 saw them perform at SXSW promoting Prisons of Ecstasy (Deluxe Edition) as well as touring Spain with Imperial State Electric.

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