The Shins shine in Sydney

The band bring Oz's most rock 'n' roll week of 2007 to a close

The Shins are bringing to a close an unusually busy week of gigs in Sydney, after dozens of bands completed tours in Australia on the back of the Splendour In The Grass festival in Byron Bay.

The past seven days has seen bands and artists including Editors, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, Bloc Party, Hot Chip and Tilly And The Wall drop in to the New South Wales state capital. Most of them were performing at the festival, which took place last weekend (August 4-5).

As previously reported on NME.COM, earlier in the week Kaiser Chiefs recorded an advertisement for the BBC Electric Proms with the help of thousands of fans at the Hordern Pavilion (August 5), while on Monday (August 6), The Horrors’ frontman Faris Rotter asked the crowd at the Annandale Hotel “Does anyone know a good carpenter?” after arriving onstage wielding part of the banister from the venue’s band-room staircase, before jumping into the crowd and destroying a clock positioned on a nearby speaker stack.

There were no such frivolities for The Shins at the Enmore Theatre tonight, however – instead, frontman James Mercer seemed in awe as he applauded the 2000 strong crowd for coming at all, saying, “There’s quite a few of you tonight – I like it, it’s just…different!”

The band’s recent single ‘Australia’ was predictably greeted with rapturous applause, as was their regular cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Breathe’.

The Shins will play one more show in Sydney tomorrow night (August 10), before heading on to Europe and the UK ahead of Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals (August 24-26) at the end of this month. The band were due to play the same festival last year, but were forced to cancel due to recording commitments for their latest album ‘Wincing The Night Away’.

The setlist ran:

‘Sleeping Lessons’

‘Australia’

‘When I Goose-Step’

‘Kissing The Lipless’

‘Gone For Good’

‘New Slang’

‘Pressed In A Book’

‘Girl Sailor’

‘Mine’s Not A High Horse’

‘Turn A Square’

‘A Comet Appears’

‘Girl Inform Me’

‘Saint Simon’

‘Turn On Me’

‘Pam Berry’

‘Phantom Limb’

‘Know Your Onion!’

‘Breathe’

‘Caring Is Creepy’

‘The Past And Pending’

‘So Says I’