March 29, 2007 9:46

The Shins cover Pink Floyd in London

The US indie heroes go prog

The Shins cover Pink Floyd in London
The Shins covered a track from Pink Floyd’s classic ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ album at the first of their sold-out London shows last night (March 27).

The New Mexico outfit played ‘Breathe’ from the massive-selling prog-rock staple.

Speaking to NME.COM after the Kentish Town Forum date, The Shins' frontman James Mercer explained the reason why the band chose to do a version of the song.

He said: “I grew up with that record (‘Dark Side Of The Moon’), I really did. When I was 10, there was this kid that was four years older me that used to live in the apartment above me and he used to play that record all the time, trying to figure it out.”

Mercer also admitted he felt a “special” feeling playing in the UK, having lived there as a teenager.

He admitted: “There’s a certain British thing that we always be with me, a connection, this kind of melancholy. I love playing here.”

The 21-song set also featured another cover, ‘Someone I Care About’ by The Modern Lovers, which they also played at their Shockwaves NME Awards gig at London Astoria in February.

The rest of the songs were taken from the band’s three albums to date, with six being lifted from current effort ‘Wincing The Night Away’, including the singles ‘Phantom Limb’ and ‘Australia’.

The set was:

‘Sleeping Lessons’
‘Pam Berry’
‘Phantom Limb’
‘Kissing The Lipless’
‘Mine’s Not A High Horse’
‘Girl Inform Me’
‘New Slang’
‘Saint Simon’
‘Girl On The Wing’
‘Girl Sailor’
‘Turn A Square’
‘Gone For Good’
‘A Comet Appears’
‘Turn On Me’
‘Caring Is Creepy’
‘Know Your Onion!’
‘The Past And Pending’
‘Someone I Care About’
‘So Says I’

The band play a second, sold-out show at the venue tonight (March 29).

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