This is a rarities and B-sides collection by Omaha-based garage rockers The Shanks. Their specialty is the seedier edge of the subgenre, very reminiscent of The Spider Babies. Fans of heavily distorted garage sounds with gritty, sexually-infused lyrics will dig them for sure. From the mildly perverted cover art to the nifty cassette shell, it is releases like this one that are making me a big fan of the tape resurgence. It’s also cool that a download card is included. Fun, sick, and mesmerizing, The Shanks are like Christian TV minus the Christians. How’s that for an endorsement?
–Art Ettinger (Rainy Road)