Star-Studded Album Features Appearances By George Hughes Jr. (ZIGGY MARLEY) Chris Shiflett (FOO FIGHTERS); Steve Soto (ADOLESCENTS) And Songwriting Collaboration with Jeremy and Ajay Popoff (LIT)
Long-running Orange County pop-punks WANK have finally officially released their new album ‘White Knuckle Ride’ via Die Laughing Records. The long-awaited LP has previously only been available at the band’s shows.
The album features a number of guest musicians including George Hughes Jr. keyboardist in ZIGGY MARLEY’S band (who plays keys on “Blue Skies”, “Sweet Music”, “We Wanna Rock”, “It Was You”, and “Forgiven”), Chris Shiflett of FOO FIGHTERS (who plays a guitar solo and also produced the track “Salvation”), the late Steve Soto (ADOLESCENTS) who sings back up on “Salvation”, as well as a songwriting collaboration with Jeremy and Ajay Popoff of LIT on the track “It Was You”.
All songs on ‘White Knuckle Ride’ were produced by WANK✪ with Paul Miner / with the exception of “Salvation” which was produced by Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters). The album was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Paul Miner at Buzzbomb Studios in Orange, CA.
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 a 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. 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 2020, WANK is back with a new full-length album ‘White Knuckle Ride.’