Music: The Shins
"You gotta hear this one song. It'll change your life, I swear."The Shins are an American indie rock band comprising singer, songwriter and guitarist James Mercer; guitarist/bassist Dave Hernandez; Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats; drummer Joe Plummer, and bassist Ron Lewis. Their sound draws on several musical genres, including pop, alternative rock, indie rock and folk. The Shins were formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but are now based in Portland, Oregon. Their latest album, Port of Morrow, was released in March 2012.Studio Albums:
- Oh, Inverted World (2001)
- Chutes Too Narrow (2003)
- Wincing The Night Away (2007)
- Port of Morrow (2012)
This band provides examples of:
- Album Title Drop: Oh, Inverted World and Chutes Too Narrow are named for lyrics in "One By One All Day" and "Young Pilgrims" respectively.
- Breakup Song: Quite a few of them.
- Growing Up Sucks: One interpretation of "New Slang."
- I Am the Band: James Mercer. It's gotten to the point where The A.V. Club calls the band "James Mercer and friends" instead of "The Shins".
- Last Note Nightmare: "One By One All Day" is mostly calm...until the end, where there's a very loud, jarring chord to end the song.
- Lyrical Dissonance: All over the place.
- Minimalistic Cover Art: "Oh! Inverted World"
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually between 1 and 3, but "So Says I" might make it as high as 5.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Know Your Onion", "Australia", "Phantom Limb" note , and "Caring is Creepy".
- Protest Song: "No Way Down"
- Sesame Street Cred: They've been on Yo Gabba Gabba and contributed music to The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie soundtrack.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: They even move up and down this in mid-song.
- Surreal Music Video: The Rifle's Spiral is a strange marriage of Edward Gorey and David Lynch. In Stop Motion.
- This Is a Song: "Simple Song"
- Word Salad Lyrics: Subverted; the lyrics seem random, but they certainly do suggest a consistent feeling, and are rife with metaphors.