Posted in music | venues on July 22, 2009

Spank Rock & Amanda Blank @ The Shank in March (by Tod Seelie)
Spank Rock @ the Shank

"What went on inside soon became the stuff of legend, so much so that very few revelers were willing to go on the record for this story, even to admit they'd visited The Shank. Engel declined to comment specifically on The Shank's reputation as a drug den, but admitted to the obvious: "We weren't exactly policing things." Prerequisite hedonisms aside, the vast, windowless space seemed to radiate depravity from its very walls, from its unmarked entrance to the plank patrons had to traverse over murky waters to get to the much-abused bathrooms. "I bought the same jeans twice," explained Telli Gramz, also of Ninjasonik. "I like dirty white jeans, but these just got destroyed. The Shank will fuck your shit up."...

...According to many people I spoke to, the club's real decline started when Engel asked [Jonathan] Toubin to take a Saturday off and booked a one-off party thrown by promoters Bikes in the Kitchen. The evening began with sets from local party fixtures like Juiceboxxx, Ninjasonik and Team Robespierre, and culminated in a performance by Spank Rock and Amanda Blank."... [NY Press]

A performance by Spank Rock and Amanda Blank and Ninjasonik also marked the end (of the day on the second stage) of this year's Siren Festival. Video of Lightspeed Champion (with a guest from We Are Scientists) playing at the recent Jon Wiley benefit at the Shank, and some other videos, below...

---

      

Comments (45)

Three words sum up this whole story.

Who really cares?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 2:59 PM

Alls left is the memories now. One time I took a shit right on the floor, right in front of everybody. It was glorious!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:03 PM

Went to a party there in January and it was awesome! Later it got worse and worse both in terms of the people and because their attendance dropped.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:06 PM

The girl who wrote this crap used her roommate as a source. Ha ha ha ha.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:09 PM

Will they ever learn to write a compelling lede or build a real narrative? This isn't a bad story idea--too bad it lacks any striking details or broader point.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:11 PM

after hours club gets too popular and goes down in flames... wow. riveting stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:18 PM

Grumpy, unemployed commenters have journalism degrees, it seems.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:22 PM

"soon became the stuff of legend"

priceless

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:24 PM

dont people get tired of seeing the same old bands? even worse bands that dont have a new album out in 3 years, like spankrock

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:30 PM

3:24
that gave me a good chuckle too. the place was/is just another shithole with an emphasis on "just another" because I dig shitholes. interesting what gets called "club" these days.

Posted by UN:art:IG | July 22, 2009 3:30 PM

Spankrock >>> ninjasonik fwiw

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:31 PM

The Shank was MAKING HISTORY!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:36 PM

also, if one's brave/airheaded (use whatever you find fitting) enough to host a Bikes In The Kitchen Party in their 'own' four walls then it's kinda tough to feel pitty for these poor souls. don't get me wrong on this either. BITK Parties are always fun to the max, as long as one doesn't have to deal with the mess afterwards. Ever noticed how this party hardly ever* returns to a place it has slayed and demolished in the past? again, do not misread this as a Bikes in the kitchen diss. Carlos is a great fun guy but if one doesn't know what one buys into hosting his parties then it's kinda hard to feel sorry for these folks.


*yes there are exceptions

Posted by UN:art:IG | July 22, 2009 3:46 PM

I liked it better when stories like this involved cool people.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:49 PM

You guys really like to put me on the spot

Um ok, so The Shank.

The reason that I like this after-hours club so much, uh, aside from the fact that it's amazing is, um, I feel like it was kind of overlooked when it actually came out and now it's like this absolute classic after-hours club. But, uh, when it was actually reviewed, when it came out, it really didn't do very...I mean it did well, but it didn't do extremely well. New York Press at the time gave it like..I think 2 out of 5 stars or something like that. And then when Spank Rock played it they said it was 5 out of 5 stars, when they did the next review. But it was just a very important after-hours club in my formidable years and, um, it's a classic 'burg after-hours club.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:52 PM

all these 'bands' are a fucking embarassment to music and nyc in general.
the shit is tired and uninteresting as fuck.
end it, please. it's shit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 3:57 PM

The senior section in the cafeteria was the fucking coolest, until they opened it up to freshmen. And then it was like "what the fuck"?


Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 4:00 PM

"I liked it better when stories like this involved cool people."

maybe you are just getting old? The way I look at it is we all had our "legendary" experiences, and then we get older and the "legendary" experiences the younger generations start having don't seem so legendary to us. In fact they look fake and ridiculous and silly... the same way our legendary experiences probably looked to the people before us.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 4:02 PM

"Grumpy, unemployed commenters have journalism degrees, it seems."

Duh, of course. Our economy sucks, leading many people with useless degrees in communications laid off.

Posted by The End of Irony | July 22, 2009 4:04 PM

1. the discovery of fire
2. the invention of the wheel
3. man lands on the moon
4. the opening of the shank. a place that will fuck up your dirty white jeans' shit

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 4:23 PM

jesus i hope 3:52 is trolling

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 4:28 PM

WE WERE AT THE DOWNFALL AND GOT FOOTAGE!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4dS32MsrU4

check the last 15 seconds, that was where the turn took......

Posted by isla | July 22, 2009 4:42 PM

The Shank just signed to Sub Pop.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 5:03 PM

The Shank has been arrested in Philadelphia and is awaiting extradition to Utah.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 5:08 PM

the shank ruined my life.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 5:13 PM

The Shank sharted on my taint.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 5:41 PM

300 hipsters walking through their own piss listening to shit bands. what the fuck am i going to do this weekend now?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 5:53 PM

First Studio B closes now The Shank. Nice. Brooklyn is almost back to the way it was before the dumb honkies ruined it all! Whoever is behind all this, keep up the great work. The rest of Brooklyn thanks you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 6:06 PM

I remember when TBA played The Shank and no one knew what time Daft Punk went on and MEHHHHH

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 6:19 PM

This is awesome.

People should do more features on venues (somebody's writing a book on Market by now...right?)

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 8:00 PM

1st off, that article says basically nothing. The shank has not closed.

Secondly, The Shank is definitely haunted. Have you ever been to a show there that went well, or was at the least fun? No. Everything goes wrong at the Shank! PAs break, it gets too hot, the bar runs out, etc. Doesn't work.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 8:57 PM

pffft this place was cool for maybe for one weekend. now anything cool is going on at the mc gorlick park mens bathroom. the piss in there will stain right through a pair of black chuck taylors.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 9:48 PM

this article was the editor's idea. and 3:52 is totally not jamie.

b t dubbs, don't see one quote from her roomie in there either

Posted by for the record | July 22, 2009 10:11 PM

Can someone please put the NY Press out of its misery? It's amazing that it's still being published, even in its current 8 page format.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 1:16 AM

definitely haven't had much interesting music coverage since they got rid of that full time guy

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 3:22 AM

"According to Engel, Foong had no clue that after-hours parties would breed debauchery. “Kevin’s a smart guy but very naive in a lot of respects. He didn’t really understand what hipsters were. We had to explain it to him.”

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 3:42 AM

The Shank sharted on my taint.

FTW

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 9:04 AM

the Shank always sucked

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 9:16 AM

Used roommate as a source. Hahahaha. Kudos. True, the place freaking sucked.

Posted by Mom | July 23, 2009 9:36 AM

my zine is more relevant than the NY Press.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 9:43 AM

"I like dirty white jeans, but these just got destroyed. The Shank will fuck your shit up."...

Wow! Sounds like a real cool crowd went there. What a shame.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 10:30 AM

cant lie i hated the shank. played there so many time i called it "the stank" cuz of the way it made you smell. but its interesting to consider what an awesome moment in time it was. literally from january to april of 2009 i played about 5 sick shows there. sound system always was terrible, the cigarette smoke was disgusting and the place was always a mess. but regardless of if it ruined the place or not, that bikes in the kitchen show was amazing. we were all just living in the moment. say what u want but there was a line down the street to get in that night. its so crazy to see that only several months later both the venue and that night is already being reveled/glorified/vindicated. its gonna be interesting in a few months/years when some big money organziation moves in and really tries to capitalize on the history and make it a legit spot. regardless though, to me it will always be a place people look back up on and think to themselves "what the fuck? and why?"

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:49 PM

I like what Anonymous said.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 11:56 AM

300 hipsters walking through their own piss listening to shit bands. what the fuck am i going to do this weekend now?

Posted by luis vuitton | October 17, 2009 12:01 PM

dont people get tired of seeing the same old bands? even worse bands that dont have a new album out in 3 years, like spankrock

Posted by منتديات | August 18, 2010 8:03 AM

Leave a Comment