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ARMITAGE SHANKS - "All Cisterns Go"EP

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...]
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...]
Here’s a message to those who said we’d never make it: you were right but you can fuck off anyway
Pop Rivits/Headcoats vocalist Billy Childish had a hand in producing and championing these especially unruly retro garage punksters from the Medway. (He also sings on their first two singles - “Oi, you, do you want some fuckin’ shirts off or fuckin’ wot!?”). Playing 70’s style Brit-punk in a deliberately sloppy fashion akin to the sort of stuff Raw or, more precisely, the Pop Rivits used to release, they are a National Treasure, and are elevated far and beyond "joke band" status by the intensity of their delivery and quality of songs. [Read More...]
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...]
20 golden showers
incredibly annoying organ [Read More...]
crude, rusty and possibly inept
crude, rusty and possibly inept [Read More...]
whoosh
the Prime Movers' track sounds a bit too much like Heart [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...]
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...]
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...]
maybe could have used a tad more structure
Snotty Brit garage punk, produced by Liam Watson of White Stripes production fame, who was at one point their bass player. They’ve got Billy Childish connections, and they do a blazingly great job of creating garage punk sounds with gruff hooligan-like vocals. There are some nice cover choices, with the Who’s “Circles” being the best, and there’s also a rough edged cover of “Knock On Wood” that maybe could have used a tad more structure. But there’s plenty of punk rock action on their original material that works fine, and the snarling lyrics fit right in with the music. Good working class garage punk as only the Brits can pull off successfully [Read More...]
UK's premium 2-chord Punkrockers!
Brand new Album by UK's premium 2-chord Punkrockers! 16 tracks..so simple..so 77..so killer! Always dressed up smart & playing their boss vintage guitars the 4 lads from England have again spit out some mighty fine originals plus a storming set of 5 coverversions (e.g. by THE WHO, TV PERSONALITIES & Isaac Hayes)! CD only! This is what Punk is all about..no posershit! [Read More...]
who can forget their tender re-working of old Gazza Numans Are Friends Electric?
At last all of those hard to find Armitage Shanks 7" singles on one great compilation! Hits like Do you want some F***** Shirts Off , Support Slot and who can forget their tender re-working of old Gazza Numans Are Friends Electric? Now you can clear you shelves of those hard to play fuddy duddy 7" singles and replace them with this easy to dust, nice and shiny Compact Disc. So don t forget that this 25 track collection features every one of the young scamps singles and also has a 8 page full color booklet with pictures of all their releases and many rare and unpublished photos and also extensive sleeve notes and words of wisdom from Dick Scum. [Read More...]
cock energy
songs that you can't get anywhere else. Recorded in the USA and released on an American label.
smash the cistern
"These guys have been around for ages
never mind the ballcocks
Never Mind The Ballcocks hails the welcome return of THE ARMITAGE SHANKS, Rochester's (UK) finest punk band! Playing '77 punk rock like you haven't heard since...well 1977, The Shanks are guaranteed to please even the most discerning listener. Boasting a winning combination of super-sharp lyrics, three chords and a frock-wearing singer by the delectable name of DICK SCUM, no one is safe from the scathing wit of The Shanks—Jimmy Pursey, Bianca of Eastenders, they all come in for a tongue lashing, Shanks style. [Read More...]
blast off festival
putting the punk firmly into garage-punk [Read More...]
they "didn't steal everything from Billy Childish, though."
But tonight's show proved beyond a reasonable doubt to the American audience that the Shanks are more than just a collection of Childish's friends and fans, more than a temporary refuge for Toe Rag Studio mastermind (and White Stripes producer) Liam Watson, and more than simply a stopover band for Daggerman Wolf Howard between stints in the James Taylor Quartet and Thee Buff Medways. [Read More...]
the dirtiest punk rock to come out of the UK since the Sex Pistols disbanded
Unlike the bathroom fixtures whose name they share, Armitage Shanks is more likely to be found in the garage producing some of the dirtiest punk rock to come out of the UK since the Sex Pistols disbanded in 1978. [Read More...]
basil bile style
He waxed lyrical about his latest acquisition (not an item that would normally gladden the heart of a punk band member): a Fair Isle tank-top [Read More...]
country punk
Here’s a little country-punk song to take you out, called ‘because I care”, by the Armitage Shanks. Reminds me of early Stones or Kinks, about 2:15, Realx and take it out. [Read More...]
ESP/Fast Cars
This double mono disc comes on piss yellow vinyl
2 singers, 4 guitarists, 2 bass players & 2 drummers. On this record LES CONSEILLERS TECHNIQUES (members of the GORGONS) and ARMITAGE SHANKS are playing SIMULTANEOUSLY on the left & right channel. [Read More...]
The Shanks really bring the goods to the table
"The Shanks really bring 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 have a good larf."

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Armitage Shanks: Loud, Crude, and Rude
Armitage Shanks are a quintessential punk-rock band. Their loud, angry, and boisterous sound is a crashing screw-you to those who stand in the way of their powerful musical presence. Formed in 1993 in Snodland, Kent, U.K., Armitage Shanks have spent nearly two decades decapitating music fans with their raw and rambunctious live shows and numerous releases. [Read More...]
the brandy session (slight return)
bought some records over the holidays...that's right, laid down actual cash instead of waiting passively for them to arrive in the mail. Technically that means I don't have to write about them, but screw that, because some of this stuff is just too good to keep under wraps. For instance, I purchased a collection of singles by the Armitage Shanks which is entitled 25 Golden Showers...(all together now, "ewwww!"). The Armitage Shanks are Billy Childish's favorite opening band, and they got that job because their lead singer drove the van for Thee Headcoats. From all this you'll deduce that what they do smart but primitive, full of piss and extremely, extremely rocking. Anyway, just for fun, here's a paragraph from the liner notes, penned by one Ian Damaged (it says he's aged 38 and a half, but I'd bet $10 he looks older.):"One day sticks in my mind when they were back at Toe-Rag recording their second album (for another fuckin' label) which was all covers of classic punk songs. Dick had downed a whole bottle of brandy over a period of about two hours which was working well for a while but by the time he attempted a rousing version of the Adverts' 'One Chord Wonders' he was so pissed that he just couldn't work out where to come in and decided every one else was wrong and obviously not him...these recordings to exist check out the Brandy Sessions."Ahem, rock and roll. Anyway, I'm going to try to upload the shortest cut on the disk, called "Thank You," but, as you'll discover, the title is a bit of a euphemism. I'd pay the $15 just to hear the venom with which Dick Scum (yeah, his real name, don't you think?) spits out "power pop." [Read More...]
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