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But the band could remain connected to Sub Pop

After three albums released through Sub Pop, The Shins are going out on their own to put out their fourth LP.

However, the band could still remain connected to the Seattle-based label through distribution, according to reports today.

“The deal will be more of a [pressing and distribution] deal than a traditional record deal,” Shins manager Ian Montone told Billboard. “That partner could very well remain Sub Pop, who have done a remarkable job with the band and have a great staff of people who really love music. It could be a digital partner with respect to other rights. All of this is being determined. The first goal is to make the record and see where that takes us.”

The band who have sold over 1.5 million albums in the US alone, are looking to sign a deal with a label that will enable them to retain ownership of their masters and utilise the label’s marketing and radio promotion tools.

Last year’s ‘Wincing The Night Away’ debuted at Number Two on the Billboard chart.

–By our New York staff.

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