Mercer told NME.COM in a video interview (which you can watch on the right) that he had considered releasing a solo album before he hooked up with DJ/producer Danger Mouse, real name Brian Burton.
The pair are set to release their debut self-titled album on March 8.
“As things started to wind down for me I wanted to try something totally different,” Mercer explained. “It’d had started to feel heavy [in The Shins]. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, maybe a solo thing or a new band. And Brian happened to be having the same kind of ideas.”
Burton added: “I didn’t want to produce other records anymore. I thought it’d be great to try something with James. We just started working on it as a band.”
Watch the full video interview with Broken Bells on the right, plus stay tuned for the second part of the video interview which will be on NME.COM later this week.