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"You gotta hear this one song. It'll change your life, I swear."
Sam (played by Natalie Portman), in praise of "New Slang" in Garden State

The Shins are an American indie rock band formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1996, and now based in Portland, Oregon. The band's sound draws on several musical genres, including pop, alternative rock, indie rock and folk.

The band is led by singer, songwriter and guitarist James Mercer, who has been its only consistent member. Originally rising to fame with Mercer alongside keyboardist Martin Crandall, bassist Dave Hernandez, and drummer Jesse Sandoval, this lineup fell apart in 2009, and there have been few consistent members since.

Although their first two albums were released to critical and commercial success, many credit the film Garden State's use of "New Slang" with bringing the band to mainstream attention. (A second song from the same album, "Caring Is Creepy", also appears on the film's soundtrack.)

Their latest album, Heartworms, was released in March 2017.

Studio albums:

  • Oh, Inverted World (2001)
  • Chutes Too Narrow (2003)
  • Wincing The Night Away (2007)
  • Port of Morrow (2012)
  • Heartworms (2017)

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.