Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including The Shanks.

This duo from Ontario have been around for over a decade, yet despite the advancing years they haven’t changed their approach one bit. Their punk-rock is classic, and their songwriting is full of whimsical anecdotes. They are the type of the band you want to have over for a house show because you know a party will break out, which makes the perfect fit for half the venues in Austin. Their adventures also befit the “Keep Austin Weird” slogan.

1) Pistolwhip insisted on trying “that good, old, strong corn liquor”, as referenced in the perpetual SHANKS’ van playlist fave – the 1952 Louis Jordan hit, “Fat Back & Corn Liquor” (corn liquor or Texas whiskey is not commercially available in Ontario). This exercise resulted in a hot new SHANKS video of an amazing singalong version of the tune on the Interstate, interpreted in a broad, heavy-handed Texan-style with open bottles etc.

2) Went to see tour mates RINGO DEATHSTARR play at Hotel Vegas. When they saw us in the crowd (“hey, the Canadians are here”), they dedicated a song to us… and then they played an impromptu psych version of “Spirit of Radio” by Rush! LOL!!!

3) On St. Patrick’s Day, we went out late-night brisket tacos way out in the wrong part of town (Hard Luck)… the alluring aroma of the sweet ‘n tender, slow-cooked meats led us so far astray, we were lucky to even make it back to the hotel under the insistent protection of Russian ride scalpers. We were kind of like… barbecue hostages!

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