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(James Mercer, Dave Hernandez, Jesse Sandova, Marty Crandall, …)
[1997-…], Albuquerque, NM, United States


The Shins are an American indie rock band formed in 1996.

The band was formed by Mercer as a side project to Flake Music, who were active from 1992 to 1999. The band released two 7″ singles and a full-length album When You Land Here It’s Time to Return on Omnibus Records and were touring with Modest Mouse when they were signed to Sub Pop Records. The band’s first two records, Oh, Inverted World (2001) and Chutes Too Narrow (2003) performed well commercially and received critical acclaim. The single ” New Slang ” brought the band mainstream attention when it was featured in the 2004 film Garden State. Consequently, the band’s third album, Wincing the Night Away (2007), was a major success for the group, peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 and earning a Grammy Award nomination.

Following this, the Shins signed to Columbia Records and Mercer parted ways with the entire original lineup, deeming it “an aesthetic decision”. Following a near five-year hiatus, Port of Morrow, the band’s fourth studio album, was released in 2012. Their fifth album will be released in fall of 2016.

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The precise location of The Shins on the world map of rock is struggling to be identified. However, just as Albuquerque, the band’s home town (and that of Walter White in Breaking Bad), is certainly not lacking any sun, the band’s discography is not lacking any masterpieces, starting with their first album, ‘Oh, Inverted World’, released on the renowned label Sub Pop. Revealed to the world through the film ‘Garden State’, the finesse of The Shins’ pop music traced a perfect line up to 2012, when the memorable ‘Port of Morrow’ was released; however, the band’s five-year absence did not seem to create the hype that it deserved. History always crowns its heroes, and the fifth album to be released by the group will surely add, as well as an exceptional performance at Rock en Seine, one more jewel to this crown.
[Rock en Seine 2016]

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