The Shins perform two new songs during End of the Road festival set

The cult five-piece debuted new material at the Dorset festival

The Shins played two new songs during their set at End of the Road festival last night (September 1).

In performing on the Dorset festival’s main stage yesterday, the Portland five-piece registered their first show in the UK for four years.

To mark the occasion, the band debuted two new songs during the set. As The Line of Best Fit reports, The Shins played ‘Dead Alive’ (described as having “a classic, spangly Shins sound”) and ‘Rubber Balls’.

The band also played ‘Young Pilgrims’, with frontman James Mercer taking up solo acoustic duties for the 2003 cut. As he started the song, Mercer joked that he didn’t know the words, claiming not to have performed it for eight years.

See The Shins’ End of the Road setlist below, via The Line of Best Fit‘s Twitter account.

Last month, the band confirmed that their new album was finished and would be released early next year.

Mercer told US radio station KBOO 90.7: “I’m really excited about this record. I think we’ve got something that Shins fans will really love, and I think there are some other things on there that are different enough.”
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