who the fuck are hardskin?

If HARDSKIN were a garage band they would be ARMITAGE SHANKS... fact. Rudimentary punk rock done with that rough and tumble Medway sound. Like THEE MILKSHAKES minus the 60's. Four tunes that don't mess around, no meandering, fancy bridges, fiddly intros, extended endings, just straight up punch in the face punk rock. This band do it right, God bless em and their ATV cover. Great. (SD)

The EP also made 4 of the Shitworkers Top 10's for that issue! [Read More...]
rest in piss

the last disc is a 22 track least shit  of . "Rest in Piss" will include louie louie music ,uncle john and the least shit tracks recorded from every line up and period of the band  - working hard to get it ready for the last gigs and it will of course be bespoke and numbered.

fat bloke sings

Chart-topping act Ameritage Shanks are to split "amicably" after 20 years and 26 top ten hits, they have announced.

The Snodland group will bow out following a farewell tour next month and said they are looking forward to "new ventures".

Over the course of their career the group has achieved 14 number one hits.

In a statement the group said: "Over the years Omitege Shank has become so much more to us than just a band. Harmitage Hank are a dysfunctional family."

The group - for many years managed by Willy Biledish - survived the departure of one of its founding members Mark Hallet, and continue shamelessly as a four-piece.

Bassist Serge Dirtbox also won admiration for announcing he was gay when the boy band were at the peak of their success.

They produced hit after hit, with singles such as Swear It Again You Cunt and Macca Without Wings among their number ones.

Many of their big hits over the years were cover versions and they capitalised on a swing revival by recording a Brat Pack-style album Allow Us To Be Molly Ringwald.

Members Scum, Shite, Flange and Vomit are due to release a greatest bits album shortly as usual limited to 50 copies and only available at the last 2 gigs.

They said they had "countless memories that we will forever cherish" from their years together.

all cisterns go review
All Cisterns Go the new 4 song Ep from them lovable losers(forever 'Support Slot' band) is on on Braindart Records (San Jose CA USA)and its a the real deal.. think 1970's Pub/Punk Rock DIY and limited to 50 copies(mine is #5) 1st song is 'Did punk rock make you a millanaire' (as seen on youtube) name checks all the old punks and where they are now.. next up is 'The ballad of unlucky luke' a song about some unlucky git called 'Luke' Side 2 starts with the last of 'Dicks' songs 'No Chance' which sounds like a song id sing to the birds back in the day.. the last song is a cover of 'Mark Perry/ATV' standard/classic punk cover 'ATV' which Dick and the boys make there own. with a awesome cover designed by Arthole you have a record worth at least twice the 499 pennies its going for and if your quick you might get a free 22 track CD called 'Boston to Brixton' [Read More...]
all cisterns go trasharama review

Armitage Shanks - All Cisterns Go E.P.

Medway punks Armitage Shanks return with their first piece of vinyl in nearly 4yrs on the cerebral punk label Braindart (USA). The All Cisterns Go E.P. is 4 tracks of pure snotty medway punk trash originally recorded in 2009 as part of an LP that was made free to download for their fans & detractors alike. 
The E.P. kicks off with 'Did Punk Rock Make You A Millionaire', a scowling Dick Scum ditty railing against why more ex-punk rockers aren't now rolling in loadsa money and tv advertisement deals for butter and the like. Next up is 'The Ballad Of Unlucky Luke' another Dick Scum original about some bloke called Luke who's unlucky and stuff.
Side 2 kicks off with 'No Chance' another Scum original song which i'm pretty sure is about all those gold digging women that want to get inside his pants & sample some medway sausage. Last but not least the E.P. finishes with a blistering cover version of the TVP's 'ATV', the standard fare of medway garage punks.
Someone once said that you can't polish a turd, well the Shanks prove that although that may be the case you can certainly lacquer and varnish one to good effect!

Charlie Spliff

boston mass

if you buy the single - you will get a 28 track (count 'em) CD featuring a concert recorded in Boston Mass USA plus a radio show from the same day.

Armitage Shanks lined up as a fierce ,fast , four guitar behemoth and it is generally agreed that this was the best we ever played.

So , still ropey then.................................

being a footnote to Billy Childish's career is one of the great injustices of modern garage-punk.
That The Armitage Shanks toiled for years, released ten singles and five LP's on a slew of labels, and still didn't get much attention other than being a footnote to Billy Childish's career is one of the great injustices of modern garage-punk. The Shanks really brought the goods to the table, firing out the finest in white shirt/black tie Brit-garage like a faulty sten gun, all the while serving up bountiful portions of threatening pub-crawler rock hooliganism but infusing it with enough humor that you knew they were just good blokes having a good larf. They did it all well, whether it be scattershot covers of Brit-punk classics, taking the piss out of UK celebs, or screaming slices of garage rock fury. Always entertaining, and possessing that keen English wit that makes them so endearing. You really can't help liking them. Ian Damaged hooked me up with with Dick Scum for an interview when I got word they were about to release their first record in almost five years. Dick is a true gentleman, and brought his Shanks mates Vic and Serge along for the ride. The results were both entertaining and informative. More of one than the other I imagine. There are footnotes at the end to help decipher the more arcane references and translate some "English". The Shanks latest record, "Urinal Heap", is out now on Damaged Goods, and for those unhip to the Shanks music the singles compilation "25 Golden Showers" on the same label is absolutely essential. [Read More...]
they know their way round cheap guitars, tube amps and real ale with extreme prejudice
Always good to know that out there are bands beyond the stifling reach of fashion and trendiness, unafraid to pick ‘em up and bash ‘em out. Bands like this London lot, pals with better known punk-rock refuseniks like Billy Childish, who know their way round cheap guitars, tube amps and real ale with extreme prejudice. Close your eyes - hear the yowled Cockney vocals, the occasional ham-fisted punch of Farfisa keyboards and beery harmonica blasts, guitars on full treble and drumming that makes one remember why they were once called pagan skins. Is it Marquee Club ’64? Nope, open your eyes, it’s London in the here and now. Ain’t the modern world great? [Read More...]
Full of snot & gusto
U.K. Garage punk of the highest order. Full of snot & gusto and cut from the same cloth as Billy Childish. Perfect meld of 70’s U.K. Punk and 60’s grunt. Wicked singles comp! [Read More...]
may be the best Shanks tune ever.
A great record from a band I'm thrilled didn't pack it in. [Read More...]
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