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...]
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...]
Punk in it's purest sense
Formed in 1990, Armitage Shanks were a punk group in the purest of senses. Not exactly experts on their instruments, they pushed ahead anyway, replacing skill with bravado and gaining a small yet cultish following. They worked with the aforementioned Childish, and played numerous gigs with Thee Headcoats. The band survived numerous lineup changes and breakups, and released a few albums -- both live and studio -- and a smattering of singles along the way (the debut, Takin' the Piss, was released in 1993). By 2004, the Shanks were still around, having toured continental Europe, England, and the United States, as well as putting together two DVDs and a fairly full discography. That year also saw the release of Urinal Heap, a full-length for Damaged Goods. In 2005 the band (the lineup at the time being Dick Scum, Rod Vomit, Vic Flange, and Dave Dirtbox -- further argument that the fixture-based name fits) continued its live shows, including a fall tour of the States. [Read More...]
singing in the bath
UK: SINGING IN THE BATH - ARMITAGE SHANKS. - In the wake of aspiring rock group Unilever (Other Business, May 1994) comes another with a name that betrays a peculiar affinity for industry. Enter Armitage Shanks (or The Shanks, as they sometimes prefer to

In the wake of aspiring rock group Unilever (Other Business, May 1994) comes another with a name that betrays a peculiar affinity for industry. Enter Armitage Shanks (or The Shanks, as they sometimes prefer to be known), a four-piece punk band from Kent who released their debut album earlier this year.

Quite why a band should seek to make its bid for stardom under the name of Blue Circle's ceramics subsidiary is a mystery perhaps best left to those acquainted with the strange ways of the music business. Equally as odd is the fact that the album's cover pictures the band with one of their namesake's products. Blue Circle might, understandably, be nonplussed by such an unsolicited form of endorsement - as with the name of the label on which the album appears, Damaged Goods. [Read More...]
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