...Torontos Shanks cant sneak up on anyone anymore as a not minimal drums/bass/vocals duo. Ian Starkey might be Canadas answer to Jean-Jacques Burnel and Lemmy Kilmister in his heavy-nasty bass crush; so much so, that once again, youd swear theres a (phantom!) guitarist playing, too. And despite his speakers-packing blizzard and Jody Brumell cymbals-mashing big drumminga crackling-harsh sound Steve Albini would favorthe anthemic melodies such as the instantly great When We Come (!) and Get Cut Tonight and Step By Step are quite poptastic, as Starkeys strong, clear crooning forges counterpoint catchy ear treats throughout. Original/indie/uncompromising/loud? Yes! But not shy of honest to goodness songs!
BIG TAKEOVER MAGAZINE ISSUE 73
…[the Shanks] play hard rock/indie like Motorhead and Two Gallants, also classic 70s arena rock. Clear songs with dirty attitude
ROLLING STONE (German Edition)
…catchy and ridiculously grooving songs like When We Come do their part to make sure that Surfing The Lexicon will be imprinted on your cerebral cortex for the foreseeable future…[the Shanks] create something truly original, something thats never been there before…expect great things of The Shanks.
LEGACY METAL MAGAZINE (Germany)
If you like the Dead Boys, youll like the SHANKS… Chart-blasting two-piece rocknroll grenades for animal husbandry enthusiasts… do you really know where meat and potatoes come from?
NEW MUSIC CANADA / CBC3
Deep, hard-driving rock that carries the listener along with a dark but captivating style
The Shanks classics-influenced Rock & Roll rumble draws all of its power and thunder from just two musicians… creates a whirling dervish of Rock sounds with distorted bass and expansive drumming but more resembles a thunderous, modern-day Blue Oyster Cult (mixed with a little Johnny Thunders swagger)
CITY BEAT MAGAZINE
…If you believed at the beginning this was a rock band schooled in the sound of the 1990s, its followed by college rock, indie rock and towards the end even psychedelia. All played very convincingly and casually, they tear down the boundaries. Nice work, gentlemen!
…while making the most of their reduced orchestration. Using vocals, bass and drums, they throw a wide net that would catch fans of Queens of the Stoneage, Led Zeppelin and Budgie in the expansive web. Whats hot and how! 8/10