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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States (1997 – present)

The Shins are an American 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.


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  • d1lll1nger

    Great band.

    21 Feb 1:55pm Reply
  • sandrabjorg


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  • rebeccacmr

    Simple Song by The Shins is one of my faves as well as the new song Coyotes by Modest Mouse!

    1 Feb 2:53am Reply
  • Philadelphia_


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  • Chelle_5

    I dream about new album!

    4 Jan 11:16pm Reply
  • LoveisInfinite

    Latarnie Montpellier - New Slang (The Shins cover)

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • marthizza

    What a feeling to enter in the house and "For a Fool" is playing and finally I love Port of Morrow...VERY from today! Fantastic album.. I'm listening it for hours now!

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • BraulioAM

    Yeah, Port of Morrow is a good album, I like it even more than Wincing the Night Away, actually. If somebody is new and wants to get into them, this is the order I recommend: Chutes Too Narrow -> Oh, Inverted World -> Nature Bears a Vacuum (I know it's a little hard to find, but totally worth the effort) -> Port of Morrow -> Wincing the Night Away; or maybe just listen to the singles ("Australia"! - I know it's from WTNA) and see if you like them.

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • j_brodu

    oh, but originally came here to say that while i was skeptical when i first listened a couple years back, i just relistened to port of morrow, and my oh my is it a great album. expecting a certain thing sometimes make one not care for something a bit different, if every bit as lovely.

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • j_brodu

    that is amusing, but u2 is high up on that list, which really serves to prove that the intelligence must stem from other things

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Chr_96er

    Interesting. So music that makes you sad apparently also makes you smart --> And yes, I do know that the music probably is not the cause ;) Also I'm sceptical that the SAT is a measure for intelligence.

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • rebelheart_

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  • eternal_living


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  • TheFooLiSTeNeR

    Oh inverted world.

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Lemosfire

    How I Met Your Mother brought me here. Great band!

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • rebelheart_

    Oh, Inverted World <3 [2]

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Jaycee_

    love u

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • kelseymillz

    SOOOOO happy that "So Now What" is on the Wish I Was Here soundtrack!!! It's amazing oh my goodness

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ashablack

    Why is there no album page for Wish I Was Here?

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Gcristiansouza

    So Now What é o grande motivo por eu estar empolgado com Wish I Was Here

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
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