The Shins performed a sold-out show in Dublin tonight (August 21), their first in the city since playing the 350-capacity Whelans in 2004.
The band performed at the 1,300 capacity classically designed Olympia Theatre, and although it was their first show in the city since the release of this year’s ‘Wincing The Night Away’, the band performed a set comprised mostly of material from ‘Oh, Inverted World’ and ‘Chutes Too Narrow’.
Despite their somewhat low-key live show, the crowd ate up the set from start to finish, singing back words to every complicated lyric including ‘Saint Simon’, ‘So Says I’, ‘Mine’s Not A High Horse’ and ‘Gone For Good’.
The relatively seamless set hit a hitch during ‘Turn A Square’ when singer James Mercer stopped the track halfway through and re-tuned before re-starting the song and seeing it through to completion, while the cheers went through the beautifully vaulted roof as the band launched into ‘New Slang’.
“This is some sexual shit,” the usually banter-shy Mercer remarked to the jubilant audience. Meanwhile the rest of the band elaborated on the between-song banter, which included a teaser of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Jailbreak’ courtesy of guitarist Dave Hernandez.
Later, the band paid tribute to Pink Floyd during the four-song encore with a cover of ‘Breathe’.
The Shins continue their trek with a performance at the Vital Festival in Belfast tomorrow (August 22) and will play The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals this weekend.