Indie rock darlings The Shins originally began as a solo project for Flake Music's James Mercer. When he showed his songs to some of his ex-bandmates from the recently dissolved band, they decided to join him. Mercer's lyrics are wry, poetic and surreal. The music meanwhile hits the sweet spot between art rock and indie pop with Brian Wilson-style arrangements that are both desolate and beautiful. After touring locally in Albuquerque and recording several singles, the group signed to Sub Pop Records who released The Shins' debut album in 2001. Going on to sell over 50,000 copies, with exposure on TV and movies, Oh, Inverted World was a huge success. The band relocated to Portland, Oregon, and released its second album, 2003's Chutes Too Narrow, to further acclaim. Commercially, though not critically, the group's 2007 album Wincing The Night Away proved even more successful, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard charts.
Followers: Vampire Weekend, Empire Of The Sun
Influenced By: The Zombies, The Beach Boys, XTC, The Byrds, Donovan...