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The Shins are a multiple GRAMMYnominated American band formed by James Mercer in Albuquerque, NM in 1996.After a few years of self-financed singles, demos and van tours, the band wassigned by Sub Pop Records who subsequently released its first three full lengthrecords.
Their debut full length, Oh,Inverted World caused a seismic shift in the indie rock world upon itsrelease in 2001, singlehandedly ushering in the modern era of the genre.Moved by the strength of verifiably life changing songs like “New Slang”,“Know Your Onion” and “Caring is Creepy,” a generation of artists ditched theprevious decade’s lo-fi aesthetic in favor of Oh, Inverted World’semphasis on melody. Selling nearly a million copies and featuring heavilyin the cult classic Garden State, the influence of Oh,Inverted World continues to be as profound as it is wide-reaching.
The Shins released theirsophomore record, Chutes Too Narrow in 2003. The albumgarnered near-perfect reviews from The New York Times, MOJO, Rolling Stone, andQ, among numerous others solidifying The Shins’ iconic standing.
The band’s third LP 2007, theepic Wincing The Night Away, debuted at #2 on the BillboardTop 200 moving more than 100,000 copies in its first week of release, and sawtheir Saturday Night Live debut and a second GRAMMYnomination, once again reaffirming The Shins’ stature as one of the mostsignificant acts of the new millennium.
The fourth Shins album, Portof Morrow, was released in 2012 on James Mercer’s own AuralApothecary label in partnership with Columbia Records. Preceded by “SimpleSong,” the highest charting Shins single to date, Port of Morrow debutedat #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was met with rave reviews: EntertainmentWeekly declared it “the band’s best album in almost a decade”and Pitchfork described it as a “triumphant return.”
Heartworms, theband’s fifth album, will be released March 10th via Aural Apothecary/ColumbiaRecords. The record will be supported by a world tour on which Mercer will bejoined by Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jon Sortland (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar,keys, vocals), Casey Foubert (guitar) and Patti King (keys).