Long-Running Orange County Punks WANK Debut “Shut You Down” Video

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Band Announces Wank Weekend! Two Local Shows at World Famous Doll Hut on Nov. 16 & 17

Orange County’s own WANK has debuted a new music video for their latest single “Shut You Down.”

Check it out here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMjJB8DCBBE&feature=youtu.be.

Video shot and edited by Frontman Media
https://frontmanmedia.com

Featuring founding members Bobby Amodeo, Spider, Danny Walker, and the new addition of Higgins X-13 (formerly of The Offspring). WANK plans to release their new album ‘White Knuckle Ride’ later this year.

Guitarist Danny Walker tells Punknews, “We got back together a couple of years ago to jam, started recording some stuff, liked the way it was sounding, started playing some shows, and decided to make a full record. We didn’t plan it to be 20 years (since the release of their Maverick Records debut), but here we are. We’re proud of the new record. We’ve got a lot of punk and rock influence, but this album pops on top of all of that.”

The band has announced two upcoming local gigs at their old stomping grounds, the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim, CA on Nov. 16and 17. Dubbed ‘Wank Weekend,’ the shows will feature a different supporting lineup each night. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/292439218154056/.

Frontman Bobby Amodeo (who interestingly enough is a cannabis chemist by day) says, “WANK is stoked to be back making music. We’ve spent the last year producing our new album, ‘White Knuckle Ride.’ You’ll hear PRD, reggae skank, melodic hooks, and pop harmonies. WANK is rock-ready, and we look forward to destroying a stage near you very soon. Check us out!”

WANK formed in 1995 in Huntington Beach, CA. Mixing pop sensibility, rock chops, and punk energy, WANK (influenced by the Beatlesand the Clash, among others) quickly gained momentum and garnered a reputation for themselves with melodic songs and highly entertaining live shows. In 1996, WANK self-released their debut, Get a Grip on Yourself. Their continuing success as a live act brought them to the attention of producer Mike Ness of Social Distortion, who oversaw the recording of “Larry Brown” for a split 7″ on Time Bomb Records (1997.) Ness also produced WANK on their version of “Auld Lang Syne,” their contribution to the comp, Christmas Gone Wrong (1997.)

In late 1997, “Forgiven” was added to rotation at the World Famous KROQ 106.7 in Los Angeles, and WANK was still unsigned. An industry bidding war ensued, and WANK signed an historic record deal with Maverick Records. In 1998, following an expedited major label re-release of Get a Grip on Yourself, WANK took their show on the road, touring with The Specials, Goldfinger, Social Distortion, and Warped Tour ’98. The band parted ways with Maverick Records in 1999 and focused on other projects.

In 2000, Amodeo was diagnosed with cancer, and after years of treatment, he’s back and rock ready. Walker formed and fronted Handsome Devil and was signed to RCA in 2001. Handsome Devil released three albums – Love and Kisses (2001), Knock Yourself Out (2004), and Fully Automatic (2007), and toured with The Used, Lit, Zebrahead, and Warped. In 2007, Walker and friends (from Lit, Adolescents, and Cadillac Tramps) formed Rockers in the Round – an acoustic showcase series. Walker released two singer-songwriter albums – Mumble & Strum (2011) and Salvation (2012). Spider focused on session work and artist management, and he’s still the hardest hitting drummer around.

WANK reunited in 2016, self-releasing their 5 song EP – On with the Show and, in 2017, added guitarist Higgins X-13, formerly of the Offspring. In 2018, WANK is in the studio finishing a new full length album for release. Enjoy – WANK is back.

WANK

Bobby Amodeo (lead vocals, bass)

Danny Walker (guitar)

Higgins X-13 (guitar)

Spider (drums)

Social Media Links:

www.wankusa.com

https://www.facebook.com/wankusa/

https://www.instagram.com/wank_usa

https://twitter.com/wank_usa

https://www.reverbnation.com/wankusa

https://www.youtube.com/c/WANKUSA

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