The ten year milestone is significant for any rock band, and garage/hard rock duo The Shanks are marking it by delivering a new EP, appropriately called X. It comprises newly re-recorded versions of classic Shanks songs and a new one that'll also be included on their 2016 album Prisons of Ecstasy. Guitar hero Ian Blurton is an ideal choice to produce some of these cuts, including a cover of The Smiths' "Bigmouth Strikes Again." The new single is a new version of "Bridge of Sighs", initially on the band's debut, Here Come The Shanks, and now remade to fine effect with producer Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case). The Shanks are a bass/drums duo comprising St. Pistolwhip von Shankenstein XVIII and Colonel Crankshaft, though we suspect those are not the names on their birth certificates! The Shanks will soon be recording Prisons, their fifth album, in Sweden with Nicke Andersson (ex-Hellacopters/Entombed), and we await those results eagerly.
The Shanks played ten North American gigs in October and are at The Burlington in Chicago on Nov. 12.