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The Shins are an American indie rock band centered around James Mercer. The band formed in 1997, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States as a side project of Mercer (previously of Blue Roof Dinner) and drummer Jesse Sandoval, who were both members of Flake Music. The band's original lineup was Mercer (vocals, guitar), Sandoval (drums), Marty Crandall (keyboards) and Dave Hernandez (bass). Neil Langford replaced Hernandez in 1998. Hernandez returned to the band in 2003, as Langford had left the band in 2001. Hernandez remained in the band until 2009. Fruit Bats keyboardist Eric Johnson joined the band in 2006. Their debut album, Oh, Inverted World was issued in 2001 and contained the singles "New Slang" and "Caring is Creepy", which were both featured in the 2004 film "Garden State". The band's next album, Chutes Too Narrow was released in 2003 and featured the single "So Says I". The band's third album Wincing The Night Away, was released in 2007 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 charts, the highest charting album in Sub Pop history until Arcade Fire's"The Suburbs" debuted at #1. After a short hiatus, Mercer announced in 2009 that the band was to record a new album and that Marty Crandall, and Jesse Sandoval were no longer members of The Shins. The band's new lineup included James Mercer, Eric Johnson, Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer and Grand Archives keyboardist Ron Lewis. Before the release of Port of Morrow, the band lineup changed once more with only Mercer and Plummer remaining from the previously announced lineup. The newly added members were announced as guitarist Jessica Dobson, bassist Yuuki Matthews (formerly of Crystal Skulls) and keyboardist Richard Swift. The Simple Song Songfacts reports that "Simple Song." was the first single from the Port Of Morrow album, the band's debut release on James Mercer's Aural Apothecary record label. It was also the first offering to be heard from the band following the departure of Jesse Sandoval and Marty Crandall. The current line-up for the live act is James Mercer (vocals, guitar), Jessica Dobson (guitar), Yuuki Matthews (bass), Richard Swift (keyboards) and Joe Plummer (drums). More information: *http://www.theshins.com *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shins Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Tracks We Played

Mine's Not A High Horse

Chutes Too Narrow
Last Played on January 28, 2016 7:27pm

Sleeping Lessons

Wincing The Night Away
Last Played on September 27, 2015 11:57pm

Fighting In A Sack

Chutes Too Narrow
Last Played on April 13, 2015 3:00am

The Rifle's Spiral

Port of Morrow
Last Played on March 19, 2015 10:59pm

Red Rabbits

Wincing The Night Away
Last Played on February 23, 2015 12:49pm

Know Your Onion!

Oh Inverted World
Last Played on February 07, 2015 9:00am

Phantm Limb

Wincing the Night Away
Last Played on January 03, 2015 1:36pm

Wonderful Christmastime

Holidays Rule
Last Played on December 25, 2014 3:39pm

Wonderful Christmastime

Holiday Rules
Last Played on December 24, 2014 5:15pm

Pink Bullets

Chutes Too Narrow
Last Played on December 10, 2014 6:55am

Kissing The Lipless

Chutes Too Narrow
Last Played on November 06, 2014 8:44pm

Simple Song

Port Of Morrow
Last Played on November 03, 2014 4:08pm

So Now What

Wish I Was Here (soundtrack)
Last Played on August 11, 2014 10:28am

Turn On Me

Wincing the Night Away
Last Played on July 20, 2014 12:59pm


Wincing the Night Away
Last Played on July 10, 2014 5:11am

So Says I

Chutes Too Narrow
Last Played on June 19, 2014 7:00am

Sea Legs

Wincing The Night Away
Last Played on May 04, 2014 3:34am

It's Only Life

Port of Morrow
Last Played on March 07, 2014 12:12am

Saint Simon

Chutes Too Narrow
Last Played on February 23, 2014 8:32am

New Slang

Oh, Inverted Worlds
Last Played on January 06, 2014 2:52pm

Phantom Limb

Wincing The Night Away


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