The Shins are one of the biggest bands in the history of the Albuquerque music scene. They are one of my absolute personal favorites as well, and they’re going to be making a new album in 2012. You can be sure that I will review it in detail the week that it is released.
The Shins released their previous albums on Sub Pop, but they plan to work under James Mercer’s own label, Aural Apothecary for the next one.
The Shins first album Oh, Inverted World and second album Chutes Too Narrow are nothing less than heartfelt early 2000s classics. Their third album Wincing The Night Away was a step in a more creative direction sonically, and James Mercer’s work on Broken Bells continued the trend. It seems logical that their new album will feature loads of interesting keyboard and guitar tones to match Mercer’s brilliant lyrics.
The band is set to tour with Mercer includes Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse, Yuuki Matthews of Crystal Skulls, and singer/songwriters Richard Swift and Jessica Dobson. Pitchfork reported that the tour was planned for North America.
If you haven’t heard The Shins, you absolutely must check them out. Watch Garden State. If that movie was my first exposure to The Shins, I would fall absolutely in love with them. If you have heard of The Shins, be on the lookout for their new album sometime next year. I have high hopes for it, and I doubt I will be let down. This band is legendary.