The Shins reveal album title and new songs

Band unveil record that stopped them playing UK festivals

The Shins have confirmed the title of their eagerly awaited new album.

‘Wincing The Night Away’, set for a January 2007 release, is likely to feature the songs ‘Phantom Limb’, ‘Red Rabbits’, ‘Sea Legs’, ‘Spelling Lessons’, ‘Spilled Needles’ and ‘A Comet Appears’.

Frontman James Mercer said: “It would have been great to have released this a year ago, but the benefits [of waiting] are big.”

Speaking to Billboard, Mercer shed some light on the new songs, saying: “[‘Phantom Limb’] is a hypothetical, fictional account of a young, lesbian couple in high school dealing with the shitty small town they live in.”

‘Red Rabbits’ is described as “a strange, psychedelic piano number with this really tweaked out sound”.

The Shins have not released an album since ‘Chutes Too Narrow’, released in the US in 2003 and worldwide in 2004.

As previously reported by NME.COM, the band were forced to cancel their appearances at the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals to finish the album.