The Shins play surprise cover at Shockwaves NME Awards Show

The US chart stars wow sold-out London crowd

The Shins finally premiered their hit new album ‘Wincing The Night Away’ in the UK at tonight’s (February 25) Shockwaves NME Awards Show in London.

The New Mexico band, whose third LP was a big chart hit in the UK and debuted at Number Two in the US Billboard Chart when it was released last month, played seven songs from it at the sold-out Astoria show. They were set opener ‘Sleeping Lessons’, ‘Australia’, ‘Pam Berry’, ‘Girl Sailor’, ‘A Comet Appears’, ‘Turn On Me’ and recent hit single ‘Phantom Limb’.

There was also time for a host of back catalogue classics including the singles ‘So Says I’ and ‘Know Your Onion!’ and the two songs made famous in the 2004 movie ‘Garden State’‘New Slang’ and ‘Caring Is Creepy’.

And the band also got into what is proving to be a habit at the Shockwaves NME Awards Shows by playing a surprise cover version – which the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Amy Winehouse and The Spinto Band also surprised their crowds with. The Shins kicked off their encore with a version of ‘Someone I Care About’ from the self-titled debut album by New York seventies indie darlings The Modern Lovers.

The set was:

‘Sleeping Lessons’

‘Australia’

‘Pam Berry/Phantom Limb’

‘Kissing The Lipless’

‘Mine’s Not A High Horse’

‘Girl Inform Me’

‘New Slang’

‘Saint Simon’

‘Girl Sailor’

‘Gone For Good’

‘A Comet Appears’

‘Turn On Me’

‘Know Your Onion!’

‘Caring Is Creepy’

‘Someone I Care About’

‘So Says I’

Support came from Alberta Cross, Voxtrot and Polytechnic.

The Shins go on to play a sold-out ‘club’ show in London at Bush Hall tomorrow (February 26).