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The Shins announce return

By | Published on Friday 5 August 2011

James Mercer

The Shins will return from a hiatus next week, when they are due to begin a tour of the US. And the band have also announced that they will release their first album since 2008’s ‘Wincing the Night Away’, next year. The album will be the first on frontman James Mercer’s Aural Apothecary label (a division of Sony/Columbia in the US), the band having left Sub Pop in 2008.

The band’s line-up has changed somewhat in recent years. In fact, James Mercer is now the only original member. As previously reported, keyboard player Marty Crandall and drummer Jesse Sandoval were replaced in 2009, the latter revealing that he had been fired for being unable to play the drum parts on new songs.