The Shanks
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The Shanks


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The best kept secret in music


"News & Observer Critics Picks Feb 21,2003"

Reckless abandon seems easy enough to do-- just crank everything up as loud as it will go and play as hard and fast as you possibly can--but the trick is in doing so with a modicum of precision.And The Shanks do it right.The rising Raleigh group's new self-released album,"Let Us Install It" is one swell record,a dozen songs that rip and roar even as their hooks reel you in.Catch them on their way up,Monday at the Pour House. - David Menconi


Until Tomorrow
Battery Acid
Big Girl


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Shanks are a 4 piece out of Raleigh NC.They formed in mid 2000 when Pennsylvania native singer/songwriter and Bassist,Augie Balch and guitarist Phil Triplett left their former band,Roll Up The Sky,and started to jam with drummer and old high school bud,Steve Belotti.
They quickly got gigs playing local clubs and some small clubs in Atlanta,DC and NYC.
In 2001,they went into Jag studio in Raleigh,recorded and mixed their second self-released album"Let Us Install It".It took only 30 hours.Their recording engineer Byron McKay worked at break neck speed to keep up with the band.
In early 2002,Phil Triplett left the band and was replaced by Eric Stuart on lead and Bill Nickelby on rhythm who were already playing together in another band.Together,the chemistry makes for a pounding great show reminding you why you dug music in the first place.The Shanks are currently in the studio recording their 3rd album(untitled),due out this summer,playing locally, looking for full time management, touring and getting louder by the minute.

Augie:"We write songs where you can hear our influences of punk,country,heavy-metal and even a little R&B.Whatever the song,we follow a basic format keeping it simple and to the point.Like in the song "Waterpaw" where the dogs rule eternal set to up-tempo punk or "Trinket" where the past is remebered only to be deliberately forgotten set to 3 chord R&B."