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The Shins

The Shins are an American indie rock band from Albuquerque, New Mexico, formed in 1996. The band's current lineup consists of James Mercer (vocals, guitar, songwriter), Joe Plummer (drums), Jessica Dobson (guitar), Yuuki Matthews (bass), Nick Teeling (glockenspiel), and Richard Swift (keyboards). The band is based in Portland, Oregon.

The band was formed by Mercer and original drummer Jesse Sandoval as a side project to Flake Music, who were active from 1992 to 1999. The band released two 7" singles and a full-length album When You Land Here It's Time to Return on Omnibus Records and were touring with Modest Mouse when they were signed to Sub Pop Records. The band's first two records, Oh, Inverted World (2001) and Chutes Too Narrow (2003) performed well commercially and received critical acclaim. The single "New Slang" brought the band mainstream attention when it was featured in the 2004 film Garden State. Consequently, the band's third album, Wincing the Night Away (2007), was a major success for the group, peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 and earning a Grammy Award nomination.

Following this, the Shins signed to Columbia Records and Mercer parted ways with the entire original lineup, deeming it "an aesthetic decision". Following a near five-year hiatus, Port of Morrow, the band's fourth studio album, was released in 2012.

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Genres rock indie rock alternative rock pop rock acoustic
Picks
  1. Phantom Limb
  2. New Slang
  3. Caring Is Creepy
Top release Oh, Inverted World

Albums

  1. 5.5
    Oh, Inverted World
    2001
  2. 4.0
    Chutes Too Narrow
    2003
  3. 4.0
    Wincing the Night Away
    2007
  4. Port of Morrow
    2012

Other releases

  1. Nature Bears a Vacuum
    1998
  2. Shins
    2000
  3. When I Goose-Step
    2000
  4. Know Your Onion!
    2002
  5. So Says I
    2003
  6. Fighting in a Sack
    2004
  7. 2005-05: Endsession #116, 107.7 The End, Seattle, WA, USA
    2005
  8. Phantom Limb
    2006
  9. Australia
    2007
  10. Live Session EP (iTunes Exclusive)
    2007
  11. Turn on Me
    2007
  12. Sealegs
    2007
  13. Simple Song
    2012
  14. Port of Morrow Acoustic Bonus EP
    2012
  15. Live From the Lot
    2012
  16. Live at Third Man Records
    2013
  17. Dead Alive
    2016