The Shins Artist Profile | AAE Music
Fee Range:Demo:18-25,25-35
Availability:On tour
Years Active: 1996–present
81.7MScrobbles
2.2MListeners

The Shins are an American indie rock band centered around James Mercer.The band formed in 1997, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States as a side project of Mercer (previously of Blue Roof Dinner) and drummer Jesse Sandoval, who were both members of Flake Music.

The band's original lineup was Mercer (vocals, guitar), Sandoval (drums), Marty Crandall (keyboards) and Dave Hernandez (bass). Neil Langford replaced Hernandez in 1998. Hernandez returned to the band in 2003, as Langford had left the band in 2001.

Hernandez remained in the band until 2009. Fruit Bats keyboardist Eric Johnson joined the band in 2006.Their debut album, Oh, Inverted World was issued in 2001 and contained the singles "New Slang" and "Caring is Creepy", which were both featured in the 2004 film "Garden State".

The band's next album, Chutes Too Narrow was released in 2003 and featured the single "So Says I". The band's third album Wincing The Night Away, was released in 2007 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 charts, the highest charting album in Sub Pop history until Arcade Fire's"The Suburbs" debuted at #1.

After a short hiatus, Mercer announced in 2009 that the band was to record a new album and that Marty Crandall, and Jesse Sandoval were no longer members of The Shins. The band's new lineup included James Mercer, Eric Johnson, Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer and Grand Archives keyboardist Ron Lewis.

Before the release of Port of Morrow, the band lineup changed once more with only Mercer and Plummer remaining from the previously announced lineup. The newly added members were announced as guitarist Jessica Dobson, bassist Yuuki Matthews (formerly of Crystal Skulls) and keyboardist Richard Swift.

The Simple Song Songfacts reports that "Simple Song." was the first single from the Port Of Morrow album, the band's debut release on James Mercer's Aural Apothecary record label. It was also the first offering to be heard from the band following the departure of Jesse Sandoval and Marty Crandall.

The current line-up for the live act is James Mercer (vocals, guitar), Jessica Dobson (guitar), Yuuki Matthews (bass), Richard Swift (keyboards) and Joe Plummer (drums). More information: *http://www.theshins.

com *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shins

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The Shins performs alternative, indie, indie rock, indie pop, rock music and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, or other music performances. The estimated booking fee range to book The Shins for your event is Demo:18-25,25-35. The Shins has more than 2.2M listeners worldwide and really knows how to entertain your audience. Similar artists are  Broken Bells, The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Rogue Wave, Spoon, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, The New Pornographers, Modest Mouse, Ra Ra Riot, Flake Music, Coconut Records, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah . Contact AAE Music agency for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling The Shins for an upcoming event.

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