The Shins to release new album in 2012

Band undergo line-up change for upcoming tour

The Shins to release new album in 2012

Photo: Sebastian Artz/NME

The Shins have announced that, as well as a small US tour later in the year, they will soon be releasing their first album since 2007's 'Wincing The Night Away'.

Offering information about the upcoming dates on their official website, the word is:

The setlist will likely feature material from the long-awaited fourth Shins album, which James Mercer will complete following the tour.

The site also reveals that the album will be released via Columbia and Aural Apothecary, the latter being James Mercer's own record label. The band left Sub Pop in 2008.

For the eight-date US tour (see below), Mercer will play alongside Richard Swift, Jessica Dobson, Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse) and Yuuki Matthews (Crystal Skulls).

The tour dates are as follows:

Eugene, OR, WOW Hall (August 8)
Bend, OR, The Domino Room (August 9)
Portland, OR, The Doug Fir Lounge (August 10)
San Francisco, CA, Outside Lands Festival (August 12)
Toronto, Ontario, Phoenix Concert Theatre (September 22)
Philadelphia, PA, Popped! Festival (September 23)
Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club (September 24)
Pensacola, FL, DeLuna Festival (October 15)

In 2009, James Mercer joined up with Danger Mouse to form the band Broken Bells. After releasing their debut self-titled album in 2010, they released a follow-up EP 'Meyrin Fields' earlier this year.

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