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WANK Returns With an Even Tighter Grip on Their Sound
Nate Jackson | Posted on November 14, 2018
There’s always been a stroke of genius in the way WANK looked at their contribution to punk rock. By never firmly adhering to any formula, they firmly grasped an original sound that often drove their critics crazy.

“Somebody told us a long time ago, ‘You guys aren’t focused, you’re not a ska band, you’re not a punk band, you’re not a rock band or a reggae band,” remembers guitarist Danny Walker. “He said ‘You’re not really committing to anything and it’s pissing me off!’” Luckily, the frustrations of others never were or will be a problem for WANK since their formation in Huntington Beach in 1995. They probably care even less now that they’ve gone through the fires of show biz, health scares, battles with major labels, earned the respect of rock stars and sold a few records in between. It’s still all about making the music they want to hear, finding the right outlet for rage, humor and hopes and the occasional masturbation metaphor.

It’s been years since the band’s last album, yet their appetizer for their long awaited new release starts with a new single and a set of shows that harkens back to where it all started for the Social Distortion proteges. This weekend, Anaheim’s scrappy punk road house the Doll Hut is the home of WANK Weekend, two back-to-back shows featuring a mix of old and new material from the band (including their recent single “Salvation” which will be out by Thanksgiving). The show is bolstered by a lineup of late ‘90s OC bands who continue to rock against the tide of gray hair and onerous adulthood. On Friday Nov. 16, WANK will share the stage with Mr. Miranga and the Gasoline Addicts, followed by The Cornfed Project and MonoDelux on Saturday, Nov. 17.

“It’s totally getting back to our roots,” says Walker, who also used to help book talent for the club between ‘95-‘98 along side original owner Linda Conyers and the late Steve Soto. Of the Adolescents. “It’s been like a decade since we played there. Before that it’s probably been another decade.”

But 20 sum odd years ago, the Doll Hut is where the band’s raucous performances, tight licks and wall-busting charisma got the attention of Mike Ness of Social Distortion who stopped in randomly to check out a show. After showing up to one of their shows amidst a mosh pit of fans and wild drunks, Ness approached them and offered to mentor and record them.

The backing of Ness led to a whirlwind year in 1998 when Walker along with high school friend Bobby Amedeo, his brother Spider grew from a barroom band to a major label outfit signed to Madonna’s former label Maverick Records, re-releasing their debut album Get a Grip on Yourself. The band’s eclectic, fireball energy fronted by the gravelly voiced attitude of Amadeo made them up and coming stars with popular KROQ single like “Forgiven.”

However the band never quite got the notoriety they deserved in their day, failed by struggles with their label and changing music climate, they disappeared right at the turn of the millennium. Walker continued on, fronting the band Handsome Devil in 2001 on RCA Records and has released albums as a singer/songwriter. Meanwhile Bobby and his brother Spider pursued careers in artist management. For years since 2000, Bobby endured a battle with leukemia which sidelined a lot of his musical ambitions.

“I thought I was done,” recalled Amodeo in a 2015 interview with the Weekly. “I thought I was done in life–period. . . . I sold everything, checked into the hospital, and did chemo for five years.” Afterward, it took time for him to build up the strength and will to get back onstage. Amodeo channeled the anger, fear, and pain he felt as a cancer survivor into songwriting. “It was tough coming back from that emotionally and physically,” he says. “I’m ready. I feel the strongest I’ve ever felt.”

When it was clear he’d be lucky enough to survive the Big C, the frontman and bassist vowed to make the most of the time he’d been given, which also eventually led to the reunification of WANK in 2016 following a reunion show and a plan to record new material. Currently at work on their album, the band enlisted the help of another local rock star Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters, who signed on to produce their single “Salvation.” Not only was he excited to record the song of friends he’d known since his days with No Use For a Name, he also wanted to make them sound as great as possible.

“He came in, knew exactly what parts he wanted to change in the song, what parts he wanted to keep in the song, what parts he wanted to get rid of in the song and he had ideas for all of us,” Amadeo says regarding their recording session at Buzzbomb Studios in Orange. “Everything he wanted us to do we executed and the song elevated so much more. I already thought it was a good song and he came in and made it that much better.”

Another X-factor to making the song great was former Offspring guitarist Chris “X-13” Higgins who joined the roster permanently this year, adding his explosive power to the mix. The result wasn’t a departure from the old sound so much as an affirmation that it can still work with the right tweaks made by people who are not only apt musicians, but also fans of the band.

“It’s not the first time we’ve tried to record that song, we’ve tried to record the song but it just didn’t have the stuff or anything special,” Walker says. “[Shiflett] immediately cut out the silly key changes, don’t get too tricky, focus on this part, don’t try to impress me, rock me!”

Taking that experience with them as they continue on to finish the album (which will be out by Christmas, the band members of WANK are secure in where they’re going based on how hard they’ve had to fight to keep their musical dreams alive in the face of personal and professional obstacles. Life is all over the place, as is their sound until they decide to longer pull themselves together on stage. As always the goal is to main vexingly original.

“The new stuff we’re recording it’s not too far off from the kind of total mix of stuff that Get a Grip on Yourself was,” Walker says. “Reggae influence with rock and punk rock and pop because there’s harmonies going. It’s all over the place, sorry…so our friend who used to criticize us will still be pissed off.”

The Wank Weekend, featuring Mr. Miranga and Gasoline Addicts (Nov. 16) and The Cornfed Project and MonoDelux (Nov. 17) at The Doll Hut, 107 S. Adams St., Anaheim, 1(562) 277-0075, facebook.com/world famousdh, 9 p.m., $10, 21+.
Nate Jackson - OC Weekly (Nov 14, 2018)
Long-standing SoCal pop-punk band WANK release new album
Guitarist Danny Walker also gives an exclusive track-by-track rundown of White Knuckle Ride.

WANK – Photo courtesy of WANK

WANK originates from Huntington Beach, California during the heady and hoppin’ days of the mid-1990s when pop-punk music was all the rage. The Orange County act has kept the flame alive all these years (decades!) by mixing pop melodics with grittier rock, rhythmic ska and reggae, and enthusiastic punk energy and attitude.

Founding members Bobby Amodeo (lead vocals, bass), Danny Walker (guitar), and Spider (drums) have been through one helluva rollercoaster ride through their career with big ups, like being produced by Mike Ness of Social Distortion in the ‘90s, airplay on radio giant KROQ, and a record deal with Maverick Records (back when it was all-important to sign on the dotted line for ensured success).

There were major downs too, with Amodeo battling cancer in the 2000s – and surviving - and now thankfully restored to fightin’ form, as well as a long hiatus for the band while Walker and Spider went on to other cool musical endeavors.

WANK is now back, fully intact, and on the musical attack, even adding Higgins X-13, formerly of The Offspring on guitar last year. They’ve just released their new album White Knuckle Ride, available exclusively at their own website (link below).

White Knuckle Ride was produced by the band and Paul Miner, with the exception of “Salvation”, which was produced by Chris Schiflett of Foo Fighters. The album was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Paul Miner at Buzzbomb Studios.

In a Rebel Noise exclusive, Danny Walker has generously taken his time to dive into the LP’s tracks to give some insight about each of them:

“Remington”

Key G – An inspired-by-my-son track about adventure, hope, and discovery. “I run with my dogs on a Friday night, Old Towne Orange, and I feel alright. Into the dark, feeling no pain, Ride the night again…” We just made a video for this one - Keep your eyes peeled.

“Blue Skies”

Key E – A reggae-feel track featuring keys by George Hughes Jr. (Ziggy Marley) – the song is an autobiographical snapshot – feeling easy in California. “You can’t stop my beat, roll another joint for me – hey - Easy don’t come cheap with these angels dissing me. Roll on don’t you know, light up and let it go. Relax and crack a smile, lay back and watch the world go by…” Summer smash? Hmm...

“Salvation”

Key G – an autobiographical rock track about making mistakes and seeking redemption. Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters) produced this track and played the guitar solo. I used to play this song acoustically in Rockers in the Round, but Chris produced it as a rock anthem for WANK. “It took thirty five years for me to figure out. Giving all I can is what life is about. Try to open my heart, hope I’m not too late. If I can make a difference I don’t want to wait. I’ve taken love taken trust and it’s taken its toll. I’ve taken drugs and blood money and they’ve taken my soul. I wanna change my ways, I wanna get it right – C’mon…”

Shiflett is a great guy and killer producer. Another really cool part of this track is that punk legend Steve Soto (Adolescents, Rockers in the Round) sang the back-ups on the choruses. I miss my man.

“Rollin’ On”

Key D – an anthem about going for it. Charging forward without a fear of failure. “I’m a man on a mission, my transmission’s getting hot. I’m shooting for the moon, but the stars get in my eyes. Hold on, Hold on, my baby. My engine’s shot, but I keep Rollin’ On…” This is old school classic WANK.

“Sweet Music”

Key G – a reggae song featuring keys by George Hughes Jr. (Ziggy Marley) about the parallels of music and love. “Running and rambling night after night, deeper in darkness I run for my life. Taking me higher and curing my pain, shining a light girl, you show me the way…” Watch out for the slow Angus lick on the solo – get some.

“Believe It”

Key D – a rock anthem about refusing to take NO for an answer. Make it happen. “Pick yourself up. By the bootstraps and give us a laugh. You’re oozing with coolness. Step on the gas, heighten the madness. This is your life. Never surrender, Reach for the Sky. Make up your mind. Take what you want, step to the inside…” Be relentless and see what happens.

“Shut You Down”

Key A – a payback song. Taking it to somebody who clearly underestimated you. “Spitting venom all around as if you got the right. Thinking that you’re special, but that ain’t gonna fly. Breaking every promise and you’re living out a lie. Dominoes are falling and you’re running out of time. 24 hours ‘til I knock you out. Woe, I’m gonna Shut You Down…” Tracking this one was therapeutic. Check out the video for “Shut You Down”, our first single from White Knuckle Ride.

“We Wanna Rock”

Key A – a reggae song featuring keys by George Hughes Jr. (Ziggy Marley) – It’s about me, my bro, and our friends back in high school, all metal-heads, cruising the mall, owning it. Lyrics are some of my favorite rock songs from back in the day. “Down to the mall, balls to the wall. It’s a long way to the top so we’re breaking the law – na na na. When the lightning strikes, Ripped jeans and spikes. We’re rolling thunder. Screaming in the Night – na na na. We Wanna Rock, We Wanna Roll. We got the melody, gonna take your soul…” Metal lyrics to a chill, minor reggae beat. Who knew?

“It Was You”

Key A – featuring keys by George Hughes Jr. (Ziggy Marley) - a melodic pop song of love and loss. “It was you, filling my eyes up with blue. You gave me more than the truth, something to lose. It was you. It’s your heart, I took it and tore it apart. Dropped like a falling star, broken and scarred. It’s your heart…”

“Won’t Let Go”

Key G – An up-tempo jam about trying to hold on, fighting to hold on to love. “Fire in my soul I got to have you, I spend my days alone. Waiting for the night, I hear you howling, your mantra’s guiding me home. Gotta get up Gotta get up Gotta get up – believe me…”

“Forgiven”

Key F – featuring keys by George Hughes Jr. (Ziggy Marley) – a song about making mistakes and wondering – will I be forgiven? “And then the lightning comes. Somebody stole my heart. Now I can't explain. Where it is I'm going Down to the river…” This is a re-track of WANK’s first single – solid.

For a fun, dynamic, and engaging blast of awesome pop-punk/reggae-rock tunes cruise on over to WANK’s website and snag their tasty platter here:

https://www.wankusa.com/product/white-knuckle-ride-cd/

Also check out the sneak-peak session for the upcoming video for the rockin’ “Salvation”:
Jen Dan - Rebel Noise (Dec 21, 2018)
Life Is a White Knuckle Ride With Wank

Brett Callwood | November 12, 2018 | 6:00am

For a Brit such as this writer, the childish giggles that a band named Wank inspire are unparalleled. The word, Anglo-slang for jerking off, resonates a little less on this side of the Atlantic, but that mild masturbation mystery has helped make these Costa Mesa–based punks alluring since they formed in Huntington Beach back in ’95.

Yeah, it’s all a bit childish. But maybe the world needs a dab of infantile humor right now. The irony is that guitarist Danny Walker and singer-bassist Bobby Amodeo say they’ve done a lot of growing up in the last 10 years while on a self-imposed break. As proof, they offer up a new album, called White Knuckle Ride. GETIT?

“I would say that we used to have more fire in the hole, uptempo songs, felt the need to have everything be very fast,” Walker says. “Whereas this is a little bit more measured. We do have a couple of fast songs but we don’t feel the need to be doing that. I think our sound has matured quite a bit. We’re more focused on the songs than the tempo or the feel. Maybe our songs have matured a little bit along with us.”

Mature? A Wank album called White Knuckle Ride is mature?

“We can’t help ourselves a little bit,” Amodeo says with a chuckle. “But I think our songs have gotten better over time — definitely more thought’s gone into the lyrics. We’re not in a huge hurry at this point.”

You have to love that. These guys are faced with the interesting juxtaposition of getting older while keeping the momentum of their wittily named band going. Despite the wordplay of the new album title, much of the lyrical inspiration comes from life experiences.

“Some of the stuff we’re writing about is learning a little bit more about life, and learning about what’s important,” Walker says. “We hit upon that theme in ‘Salvation.’ We’ve got a couple of songs that are maybe a little bit more reactive to a situation. There will always be bad people in the world, and there will always be a reason to sing songs against them so we’ve got some of those. Thematically, I think we’ve matured a little bit more as well. But we’ve still got some fire in us. We used to come off more pissed off over time, but now we’re only pissed off maybe half of the time.”

“Salvation” is Wank’s new single, a song that saw Foo Fighters lead guitarist Chris Shiflett step into the studio to take production duties.

“We wanted someone to help us with ‘Salvation,’ and see if we could get somebody who could get it to a level where we could put it on a record because it started out as an acoustic song,” Walker says. “I had Shiflett’s number in my phone because we had done some work together in the past few years doing a few little shows. We’re old friends from the rock & roll ’90s. We got him on board to produce. He was all into ‘Salvation.’”

“The second that he came into the studio, he had ideas for bass, drums, guitar riffs and vocals,” Amodeo adds. “He spent a lot of time dissecting that song, and the ideas that he brought completely elevated that tune from where it was. I always felt ‘Salvation’ was a good tune by itself, but the changes that he brought to it and the parts he made us take out of the song — it was well thought through. He knew what he wanted and how to get us to execute it. The end result is an amazing song. I’m very grateful for the time he spent with us.”

In the decade that Wank have been away, the world pretty much fell apart. There’s always been an interesting dichotomy between the traditionally conservative politics of Orange County and the O.C. punk scene.

“These past few years it’s been really quiet in Orange County, and there’s been a big resurgence in ska bands,” Amodeo says. “They’ve been popping out of the woodwork as of late, and as far as the O.C. punk bands, it’s been the staples that have stayed. The bands that have been around for 15, 20 years are still playing and going strong. They’re the dominant force in the punk scene right now, at least in Orange County. It hasn’t really changed that much, it’s stayed the same.”

On Nov. 16 and 17, Wanks make a triumphant O.C. return with two gigs at the Doll Hut, their old stomping ground.
“We haven’t played the Doll Hut in 10 years, almost exactly,” Walker says. “Prior to that, it was another 10 years. This is a homecoming for us, doing both nights. Live video shoot on the Friday, and we’re expecting sold-out, packed shows both nights. It should be a blast.”

They’re referring to those shows as the “Wank Weekend,” which is enough to make any Englishman titter like a schoolkid.

“The Wank Weekend will be totally out of control, and then ‘Salvation’ is also coming out the week of those shows,” Walker says. “That will be a cool part of that. What’s gonna follow is a live attack, so we’ll hit the streets at that point.”

Wank play with Mr. Mirainga and Gasoline Addicts (Friday, Nov. 16), and The Cornfed Product and MonoDeluX (Saturday, Nov. 17) at 8 p.m. at the Doll Hut.
Wank Release Video Of Recording Session With Chris Shiflett

Posted by AJ Phink on October 10th, 2018 at 12:00 pm |Orange County pop punk veterans Wank were recently in the studio recording a new song, Salvation, with longtime friend, Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters, the band have now released a preview video from the session. Wank features founding members Bobby Amodeo, Spider, Danny Walker and the new addition of Higgins X-13 (formerly of The Offspring), the band plan to release their new album, White Knuckle Ride, later this year. Wank will also play two shows at the Doll Hut in Anaheim, CA on Nov. 16 and 17, dubbed the Wank Weekend the gigs will feature a different supporting lineup each night.

You can view the preview video for Salvation below
AJ Phink - The Punk Site (Oct 12, 2018)
Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters Produces Orange County Punks, WANK; Check Out The In-Studio Video
By Alan D. Welding on October 10, 2018
Band Playing Two Shows at the World Famous Doll Hut on Nov. 16 & 17


Orange County pop punk vets WANK were recently in the studio, recording a new song (“Salvation”) with longtime friend, Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters.

Check out a video of the session here: https://youtu.be/dmS1RVMjAE4.

Shiflett says, “I had a blast working with my old buddy Danny and his band mates in Wank on “Salvation.” There’s nothing better than tweaking good songs under the microscope in the studio with a good band and leaving in a different place than you started in.”

Guitarist Danny Walker says, ” I’ve always been impressed with Chris Shiflett, the guitarist, even back when we met in 1994, but he’s got great producer chops, too. When I asked him to produce WANK, he picked the song “Salvation,” and he had a vision for it. He wanted it “live” and brought riff and arrangement ideas that all worked to make the track rock harder. Chris was awesome to work with!”

Guitarist Higgins X-13 says, “I feel honored that he was willing to make the time to work on this song with us. Working with Chris Shiflett on “Salvation” worked out super well. Not only was it fun to just hang out with him and reminisce a little bit about touring together during my time with the Offspring (and hanging out at various show once he joined the Foo Fighters) but he did a really great job on this song. We did a bunch of work before meeting up with Chris – trying a key change, different bridges, all sorts of variations. Chris came in and really got us focused and helped us realize which were the strong parts of the song. By encouraging us to extract the best parts of the arrangement he helped us to get excited about this song again and coaxed a really dynamic performance out of all of us for the basic tracks. He encouraged Danny to write a little riff that plays at the intro, outro and middle 8. I really love what the riff added to this tune! I figured that Chris would definitely be a good fit, but I guess I would just say “Better Than Expected”, about the result. It’s just more fun to play this song now. I’m really happy with it.

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.

“Salvation” will appear on the upcoming album. A video for the first single “Shut You Down,” is streaming here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMjJB8DCBBE&feature=youtu.be.

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

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

WANK formed in 1995 in Huntington Beach, CA. Mixing pop sensibility, rock chops, and punk energy, WANK (influenced by the Beatles and 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
Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters Produces New Track (“Salvation”) From Orange County Punks, WANK
October 18, 2018 Jarod Chris Shiflett, Foo Fighters, WANK
Band Playing Pair Of Shows at the World Famous Doll Hut on Nov. 16 & 17
New LP ‘White Knuckle Ride’ Coming Soon
Check out the video of WANK in studio with Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters)

Orange County pop-punk vets WANK were recently in the studio, recording a new song (“Salvation”) with longtime friend, Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters.

Check out a video of the session here: https://youtu.be/dmS1RVMjAE4.

Guitarist Danny Walker says, “Our song Salvation is a stand out on the new WANK record. Initially written as an acoustic track, we wanted to beef up the song for the album – Enter Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters. He produced the song, requiring we lay it down “live,” improving the arrangement, inspiring a guitar riff, rocking a badass guitar solo, and driving Spider, our drummer, to deliver the big rock on the drums. We are very blessed to have him work with us on the track, so definitely, ‘Salvation’ is a special song to us.”

Shiflett says, “I had a blast working with my old buddy Danny and his bandmates in Wank on “Salvation.” There’s nothing better than tweaking good songs under the microscope in the studio with a good band and leaving in a different place than you started in.”

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.

“Salvation” will appear on the upcoming album. A video for the first single “Shut You Down,” is streaming here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMjJB8DCBBE&feature=youtu.be.

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

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

WANK formed in 1995 in Huntington Beach, CA. Mixing pop sensibility, rock chops, and punk energy, WANK (influenced by the Beatles and 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.
Jarod - Volatile Weekly (Oct 18, 2018)
Handsome Devil
Fully Automatic

By Kevin Wierzbicki

This quartet is from Orange County but you'd never know it by listening to “Pretty Pictures,” the opening cut on Fully Automatic . Of course an O.C. base doesn't mean the band has to play ska-pop, but “Pretty Pictures” is straight outta New York City, rocking the streets like the late, great D Generation. Next is a Motley Crue-like anthem called “Getting You Off,” and after Handsome Devil has proven they can kick ass like both coasts they're free to explore their own sound on the rest of the album.
He has a very tight back-up band but the hero here is singer Danny Walker who also writes all the words and music. Walker has a kit bag overflowing with hooks whether he's singing about an excessive lifestyle (“Slow Down”) or pleading with a lover (“Stay”). In fact most of Walker's stuff utilizes two hooks, one vocal and one from pushy guitars. It's surprisingly solid all the way through.
Inside Track: Handsome Devil 2004. Handsome Devil – Love & Kisses From the Underground - GO TO SITE FOR ARTICLE(S)
Handsome Devil
Love & Kisses from the Underground

Maybe it's something in the water? There seems little other explanation for why Orange County, California should have spawned such a ragged bouquet of extremely talented and listenable bands that hit prime-time looking and smelling like an indie act but without a lot of the boring grind that actually goes with being indie. No Doubt, Lit and most recently, Lit label mates, Handsome Devil have all, seemingly, hit the ground running with albums that were tight and directional from the beginning of their careers.
Handsome Devil in particular seems to have a strong handle on who they are in their first album, Love and Kisses from the Underground. Co-produced by Lit-nik Jeremy Popoff, despite the overflow of talent, shared hometown and the fact that they both record on Dirty Martini, Love and Kisses is a very different animal from Lit's recently released Atomic. Though both bands are manned by four slightly disreputable-looking white boys -- three brunets apiece and one spikey-haired blond -- Handsome Devil -- at least here in the early stages -- controls a darkly, quirkily humorous post-punk sound. With obvious nods to the diverse likes of Elvis Costello, The Beatles via Oasis, Stiff Little Fingers via Green Day and The Beastie Boys, on Love and Kisses Handsome Devil is forging their own memorable sound.
While Handsome Devil is no one's idea of an indie band -- you can't call yourself that when you have RCA distribution out of the gate -- there's a strong indie feel to almost every aspect of Love and Kisses from the Underground, from the slightly low-grade-appearing band photos -- horrid grain, sharp shadows, bad lighting and all -- to the jejune typography and even the kitschy band logo. There's something very homemade about Love and Kisses, something that says garage even though there are no tire marks or oil spots anywhere in evidence.
Handsome Devil formed early in 2000 and Dirty Martini signed them not long after, sending them on the road opening for Sprung Monkey and Zebrahead. According to lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Danny Walker, the band's live performance is responsible for the album's controlled but raw sound. "We knew what we were aiming for," he says on the band's Web site. "We wanted our record to sound huge and, at the same time, still have the raw energy of our live show."
Love and Kisses is deliciously diverse. The album's first single, "Makin' Money," is a Beastie Boys-flavored anthem to modern materialism:
I get it, it's funny,
You know I'm makin' money
Not summer, but sunny,
Cool like the Easter Bunny
You get it, I'm on it, I got the milk and honey
You make me laugh -- Ha-Ha-Ha
The first single could just as easily have been "Samurai," whose lyrics make you wonder how on earth they pulled off the Wal-mart approved "clean" version of Love and Kisses from the Underground. If you know how they handled the chorus in that clean version, let me know because I'm curious. Walker spends a lot of time in the song singing the words: "I'm a fuckin' Samurai from the Darkside." And, as banal as that sounds, it really works on "Samurai," a humorous musical journey to spiritual freedom. ("In Nagasaki, I'm drinking Saki And watching Hockey in my jockeys."
The opening bars of "Back Into Action" evoke the most operatic of the 1980s hair bands, then morphs rapidly into the post-punk feel that Handsome Devil personify and inhabit on much of the album.
All of the songs on Love and Kisses were written by Walker, whose energy was also largely responsible for putting the band together. His leadership is perhaps what's giving Handsome Devil its early even profile, despite a first album that consists of wildly divergent material. What comes across is solid -- and sometimes inspired -- musicianship throughout Love and Kisses, overlaid on material that is as consistent in its excellence as it is varying in style and influence. The lyrics hold it all together: always interesting, sometimes memorable and never overworked.
Love and Kisses from the Underground is a delight and one of the most memorable debuts of 2001. | December 2001
Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters Produces New Track (“Salvation”) From Orange County Punks, WANK
October 18, 2018 Jarod Chris Shiflett, Foo Fighters, WANK
Band Playing Pair Of Shows at the World Famous Doll Hut on Nov. 16 & 17
New LP ‘White Knuckle Ride’ Coming Soon
Check out the video of WANK in studio with Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters)

Orange County pop-punk vets WANK were recently in the studio, recording a new song (“Salvation”) with longtime friend, Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters.

Check out a video of the session here: https://youtu.be/dmS1RVMjAE4.

Guitarist Danny Walker says, “Our song Salvation is a stand out on the new WANK record. Initially written as an acoustic track, we wanted to beef up the song for the album – Enter Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters. He produced the song, requiring we lay it down “live,” improving the arrangement, inspiring a guitar riff, rocking a badass guitar solo, and driving Spider, our drummer, to deliver the big rock on the drums. We are very blessed to have him work with us on the track, so definitely, ‘Salvation’ is a special song to us.”

Shiflett says, “I had a blast working with my old buddy Danny and his bandmates in Wank on “Salvation.” There’s nothing better than tweaking good songs under the microscope in the studio with a good band and leaving in a different place than you started in.”

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.

“Salvation” will appear on the upcoming album. A video for the first single “Shut You Down,” is streaming here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMjJB8DCBBE&feature=youtu.be.

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

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

WANK formed in 1995 in Huntington Beach, CA. Mixing pop sensibility, rock chops, and punk energy, WANK (influenced by the Beatles and 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.
Jarod - Volatile Weekly (Oct 18, 2018)