The band were in San Francisco for the opening night of their ‘Oh, Inverted World’ 21st birthday tour. The band’s debut album came out in 2001 via Sub Pop, and last year saw a 20th anniversary reissue released.
“This record gave me the life that I never really dreamed I would have,” frontman James Mercer reflected of the album in a statement at the time. “It opened me up to the whole world and gave me validation. It’s also something that stands as a bit of a pinnacle for our band.”
“You release that first record and it’s so well embraced, but you’re always trying to get that magic back, I think,” he added. “We’ve done well, certainly, but the fervour that happened around ‘Oh, Inverted World’ we never quite reached again. It’s a special moment when you’re a new band and you’ve got what was apparently kind of a new sound. This record symbolised a very special moment in my life, a watershed moment for sure.”
During part of the performance last night, Mercer could be seen reading the lyrics to the Stone Temple Pilots song from his phone.
Check out the moment here:
The ‘Oh, Inverted World’ anniversary tour will run through the whole of August before finishing up in the band’s hometown of Portland on September 16.
See a trailer for the tour and a full list of dates below. Pick up your tickets here.
12 – San Francisco, The Warfield
15 – Sacramento, Memorial Auditorium
16 – Saratoga, The Mountain Winery
22 – Las Vegas, The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
23 – San Diego, San Diego Civic Theatre
24 – Phoenix, Marquee Theatre
26 – Morrison, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
27 – Kansas City, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
29 – Austin, ACL Live at The Moody Theater
1 – Houston, White Oak Music Hall
2 – Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
4 – Albuquerque, Kiva Auditorium
6 – Ogden, Ogden Twilight at the Ogden Amphitheater
16 – Atlanta, The Eastern
17 – Nashville, Ryman Auditorium
19 – Washington DC, The Anthem
20 – Richmond, The National
23 – New York, Radio City Music Hall
26 – Philadelphia, Skyline Stage at the Mann
27 – Boston, Roadrunner
29 – Montreal, Quebec – L’Olympia
30 – Toronto, Massey Hall
31 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Cathedral Theatre
2 – Cleveland, The Agora
3 – Pittsburgh, Stage AE
4 – Columbus, Kemba Live!
6 – Saint Louis, The Factory
8 – Chicago, Chicago Theatre
10 – Minneapolis, Orpheum Theatre
13 – Seattle, Paramount Theatre
14 – Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
16 – Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square
Back in 2020, The Shins shared the single ‘The Great Divide’. Their last full-length studio record was 2017’s ‘Heartworms’, which NME gave four stars at the time, writing: “The Shins in 2017 possibly aren’t life changing, but overall Mercer’s songwriting creds are well in tact.”