The Shins Biography

The Shins are an American indie rock band from Albuquerque, New Mexico, formed in 1996. The band's current lineup consists of James Mercer (vocals, guitar, songwriter), Joe Plummer (drums), Jessica Dobson (guitar), Yuuki Matthews (bass), Nick Teeling (glockenspiel), and Richard Swift (keyboards). The band is based in Portland, Oregon.

The band was formed by Mercer and original drummer Jesse Sandoval as a side project to Flake Music, who were active from 1992 to 1999. The band released two 7" singles 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.

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The Shins reveal new song 'So Now What'

Song appears on OST for Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here'

  • Jun 21, 2014

Soundtrack details for Zach Braff's 'Garden State' follow-up 'Wish I Was Here' revealed

The film is released in the US this week

  • Jun 19, 2014

The Shins unveil new video for 'The Rifle's Spiral' - watch

US indie rockers debut video for the opening track on new album 'Port Of Morrow'

  • Apr 18, 2012

The Shins stream new album 'Port Of Morrow' online – listen

James Mercer and co will release the album formally on Monday (March 19)

  • Mar 13, 2012

The Shins post new video 'Bait And Switch' online

Head to NME.COM now to watch latest clip from 'Port Of Morrow'

  • Mar 3, 2012

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The Shins Reviews

The Shins - 'Port Of Morrow'

The Shins - 'Port Of Morrow'

Engaging enigmas left by the wayside as James Mercer plots a course to the arena

  • Mar 16, 2012

The Shins - 'September'

It's oozing Macca melodies

  • Feb 10, 2012

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  • Dec 3, 2007

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  • Sep 4, 2007

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