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[b]The Shins[/b] are an American [tag]indie rock[/tag] band consisting of [bandmember from=1997][artist]James Mercer[/artist][/bandmember] (vocals, guitar), [bandmember from=2011]Jessica Dobson[/bandmember] (guitar), [bandmember from=2011]Yuuki Matthews[/bandmember] (bass), [bandmember from=2011][artist]Richard Swift[/artist][/bandmember] (keyboards) and [bandmember from=2009]Joe Plummer[/bandmember] (drums). [b]The Shins[/b] are an American [tag]indie rock[/tag] band consisting of [bandmember from=1997][artist]James Mercer[/artist][/bandmember] (vocals, guitar), [bandmember from=2011]Jessica Dobson[/bandmember] (guitar), [bandmember from=2011]Yuuki Matthews[/bandmember] (bass), [bandmember from=2011][artist]Richard Swift[/artist][/bandmember] (keyboards) and [bandmember from=2009]Joe Plummer[/bandmember] (drums).
-The band formed in [yearformed]1997[/yearformed], in [placeformed]Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States[/placeformed] as a side project of Mercer (previously of [artist]Blue Roof Dinner[/artist]) and drummer [bandmember from=1997 to=2009][artist]Jesse Sandoval[/artist][/bandmember], who were both members of [artist]Flake Music[/artist]. The band's original lineup was Mercer (vocals, guitar), Sandoval (drummer), [bandmember from=1997 to=2009]Marty Crandall[/bandmember] (keyboards) and [bandmember from=1997 to=2009]Dave Hernandez[/bandmember] (bass). [bandmember from=1998 to=2001]Neil Langford[/bandmember] 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. [artist]Fruit Bats[/artist] keyboardist [bandmember from=2006 to=2011]Eric Johnson[/bandmember] joined the band in 2006.+The band formed in [yearformed]1997[/yearformed], in [placeformed]Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States[/placeformed] as a side project of Mercer (previously of [artist]Blue Roof Dinner[/artist]) and drummer [bandmember from=1997 to=2009][artist]Jesse Sandoval[/artist][/bandmember], who were both members of [artist]Flake Music[/artist]. The band's original lineup was Mercer (vocals, guitar), Sandoval (drums), [bandmember from=1997 to=2009]Marty Crandall[/bandmember] (keyboards) and [bandmember from=1997 to=2009]Dave Hernandez[/bandmember] (bass). [bandmember from=1998 to=2001]Neil Langford[/bandmember] 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. [artist]Fruit Bats[/artist] keyboardist [bandmember from=2006 to=2011]Eric Johnson[/bandmember] joined the band in 2006.
-Their debut album, [i][album artist=The Shins]Oh, Inverted World[/album][/i] 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, [i][album artist=The Shins]Chutes Too Narrow[/album][/i] was released in 2003 and featured the single "So Says I". The band's third album [[i][album artist=The Shins]Wincing The Night Away[/album][/i], was released in 2007 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 charts, the highest charting album in Sub Pop history until [artist]Arcade Fire[/artist]'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, [artist]Modest Mouse[/artist] drummer Joe Plummer and [artist]Grand Archives[/artist] keyboardist [bandmember from=2009 to=2011]Ron Lewis[/artist].+Their debut album, [i][album artist=The Shins]Oh, Inverted World[/album][/i] 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, [i][album artist=The Shins]Chutes Too Narrow[/album][/i] was released in 2003 and featured the single "So Says I". The band's third album [i][album artist=The Shins]Wincing The Night Away[/album][/i], was released in 2007 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 charts, the highest charting album in Sub Pop history until [artist]Arcade Fire[/artist]'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, [artist]Modest Mouse[/artist] drummer Joe Plummer and [artist]Grand Archives[/artist] keyboardist [bandmember from=2009 to=2011]Ron Lewis[/artist][/bandmember].
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 [artist]Crystal Skulls[/artist] and keyboardist [artist]Richard Swift[/artist] 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 [artist]Crystal Skulls[/artist] and keyboardist [artist]Richard Swift[/artist]

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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. 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