The Shins is a multiple GRAMMY-nominated American band formed by James Mercer in Albuquerque, N.M. in 1996. The band’s debut full length, Oh, Inverted World, ushered in a new era indie rock on the strength of songs like “New Slang”, “Know Your Onion” and “Caring is Creepy.”
The Shins released its sophomore record, Chutes Too Narrow, in 2003, which garnered near-perfect reviews from The New York Times, MOJO, Rolling Stone, and Q, while the band’s third LP, 2007’s epic Wincing The Night Away, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200. The most recent Shins album, Port of Morrow, was released in 2012 on James Mercer’s own Aural Apothecary label in partnership with Columbia Records, and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200.
Now residing in Portland, Ore., Mercer recently finished recording the band's first studio album in five years, Heartworms, released March 10 via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records. The record is being supported by a world tour on which Mercer is joined by Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jon Sortland (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar, keys, vocals), Casey Foubert (guitar) and Patti King (keys).