Hailing from Mono Township, Ontario, Canada, The Shanks are the rock ‘n’ roll brainchild of songwriter/vocalist/bassist Ian Donald Starkey (St. Pistolwhip von Shankenstein), partnered with drummer John David Brumell (Colonel Crankshaft). The two have been creating gritty alternative punk rock together since 2010, although Starkey originally started the band in 2005, with the release of the EP “Here Come The Shanks”. Ten years later, with the release of the “X” ep in October 2015, Ian Starkey set up Here to Everywhere Entertainment Inc. as the new label and publishing home of The Shanks.
The duo were nominated for an Album of the Year award in 2014 by Canada's Exclaim! Magazine for their fourth album, “Surfing the Lexicon”, produced by Sir Ian Blurton and released in the US via Phratry Records. Their fifth full-length album, titled “Prisons of Ecstasy”, was produced by Nicke Andersson (Entombed, Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric) and was released in October 2016 on Here to Everywhere Entertainment, featuring the singles "Incarceration Man" and "Do You Fear Me?".