Stateside Presents





Tue, October 3, 2017

7:00 pm

Comerica Theatre

Phoenix, AZ


The Shins are an American indie rock band founded and fronted by vocalist and multiinstrumentalist, James Mercer. The Shins were formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but are
now based in Portland, Oregon.
The Shins began in 1996 as a side project for singer/songwriter James Mercer, whose primary
band was Flake Music in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mercer formed Flake Music in 1992 with
Neal Langford on guitar, Phil Higgs and then Marty Crandall on bass, and Jesse Sandoval on
drums. During the next 5 years Flake Music released several singles, a full-length album, and
began touring largely due to the help of other bands like Modest Mouse.
In 1996, Mercer began writing what would eventually become The Shins' first record. Flake
Music came to an end around this time leaving Mercer with an opportunity to record, "Nature
Bears A Vacuum" a 7" EP released by Omnibus Records. For their earliest shows, The Shins
performed as a duo with Mercer recruiting Sandoval to play drums. "Nature Bears A Vacuum"
was released with no expectations of expanding the band's following beyond Albuquerque.
However, the single generated enough attention that Mercer felt it necessary to assemble a full
band. Crandall was brought into the fold on keyboards, and Dave Hernandez (frontman of local
punk legends Scared of Chaka, which had played dozens of shows with Flake Music) was given
bass duties.
At a San Francisco performance with Modest Mouse in 2000, Sub Pop's Jonathan Poneman
asked The Shins to contribute a single to the label's Single of the Month Club, which eventually
became an offer to release The Shins' 2001 single, "New Slang", and their debut album, "Oh,
Inverted World". The group spent the rest of the year touring. The release of singles such as
"Know Your Onion!" and "The Past and Pending" kept The Shins' success going into 2002,
cementing "Oh, Inverted World" as one of the definitive indie-rock albums of the early '00s and
The Shins as one of the genre's leading younger bands. It received critical acclaim for its
lyrically deft and jangly pop sound. The song "One By One All Day" was featured in the 2003
film A Guy Thing, starring Jason Lee. Two other songs from this album, ("Caring Is Creepy"
and "New Slang") were featured prominently on the soundtrack for the 2004 film Garden State,
starring and directed by Zach Braff, exposing the music of The Shins to a much wider
audience.[2] Their music was also featured in the television series The OC, the film The
SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and they performed on an episode of Gilmore Girls. Oh,
Inverted World appeared at #71 on Pitchfork Media's Top 100 Albums of 2000–2004.
The band relocated from Albuquerque to Portland, OR in 2001. Mercer, Sandoval and Crandall
made the move. Neal Langford decided to leave the band, staying in Albuquerque so he could
continue with another of his passions, professional hot air ballooning. Dave Hernandez (at this
point living in nearby Seattle) rejoined The Shins in 2003 playing guitar and bass. The band
began tracking new material in Mercer's basement that summer. In an effort to balance the homerecording method used on Oh, Inverted World with a studio finish, producer Phil Ek (Built To
Spill, Modest Mouse) was brought in to mix and produce the album. Chutes Too Narrow was
released by Sub Pop in the fall of 2003 to much fanfare in indie music circles, featuring even
more multi-layered lyrics, as well as a musical approach that explored new genres, song structures, and levels of production fidelity. In 2006, the band helped to curate an edition of the
British All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Nonstop touring of everywhere from Australia to
Norway, as well as the US countless times over contributed to pushing sales past 500,000
worldwide, exceeding everyone's expectations, including the band's. Chutes Too Narrow
appeared at #47 on Pitchfork Media's Top 100 Albums of 2000–2004.
An enhanced single release in 2004 included a live version of "New Slang" recorded with Iron
Spoon is comprised of five gentlemen:
Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, Eric Harvey, Rob Pope and Alex Fischel.

Spoon full-lengths have included Telephono (1996), A Series Of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill The Moonlight (2002) and Gimme Fiction (2005), which received raves from THE NEW YORK TIMES, TIME, NEWSWEEK, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and VANITY FAIR, and wound up on BLENDER and SPIN's Best of 2005 lists. Britt also co-authored the score to the feature film STRANGER THAN FICTION, to which Spoon contributed the exclusive track "The Book I Write" as well as several other songs. Their next release, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007), debuted at Number 10 on the BILLBOARD 200 as well as Number 1 on the BILLBOARD Top Independent Albums and was selected by ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE as #10 on their Top 50 Albums of 2007. 2010's Transference was the band's seventh studio album and debuted at number 4 on the BILLBOARD 200 chart. It also placed in Rolling Stone's 30 Best Albums of 2010.
Venue Information:
Comerica Theatre
400 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003