KURT SHANKS

 

KURT SHANKS

 
 

Kurt Shanks' debut album Blood Line Heart marks an intriguing (and critically well received) transition from NZ chart-toppers Stellar*, to solo.

Kurt was with Stellar* right from their first indie EP, through to hits like Violent, Part Of Me, For A While, and their farewell tour in 2010. 

He chose Neil Finn's Roundhead Studios as the venue to record his solo debut, with engineer Neil Baldock, producer Wayne Bell, and key musicians Mark Hughes and Andrew Thorne.

The album's first single, the in-your-face attitude of Shoot To Kill, was playlist on No 1 NZ rock station The Rock. 

Shoot to Kill, a real high point like The Only Ones on speed. A hit in a better world.
— Graham Reid, Elsewhere

The alt-country We Shall Have Another Day gained airplay on The Hits, with a supporting video shot at a creepy Auckland carnival.

A gentle coo, a heartfelt lyric, a deceptive simple tune that holds its weight and shares a trick or two to show that it’s more than just a song-sketch… the slower, gentler tunes are captivating.
— Simon Sweetman, Dominion Post

Kurt and band have subsequently toured or performed with Steve Kilbey (The Church), Mark Gardener (Ride), Greg Johnson, Andrew Fagan and Greg Flemming.

In 2014/15 he has been collaborating with Chris van de Geer and Lani Purkis on the Delete Delete project - with the trio honoured as finalists in the International Songwriting Competition. Delete Delete as released three singles, with an album pending.