It’s been a while since we’ve heard from The Shins, who released their last album, Port of Morrow, in 2012. In the time since, bandleader James Mercer released the second album by his side project with producer Danger Mouse, Broken Bells. The band resurfaced last year with a new single, “Dead Alive,” and their long-awaited fifth album, titled Heartworms, finally came out this year in March. It’s a varied album, which finds Mercer taking the now classic sound of The Shins and expanding on it to make his most experimental record yet. The band has embarked on extensive touring for the album, playing shows on the west coast in March and swinging over to the east coast this month. They played the closest show to DC that they currently had booked to a sold out crowd at The National in Richmond on Wednesday night.
The Sweetlife Festival is going down TOMORROW at Merriweather Post Pavilion, and if you haven't got your tickets yet, we've just got one question for you: What the hell are you waiting for?
With acts like The Shins, Kid Cudi, Explosions In The Sky, Fitz And The Tantrums, FUN and more this should really be a no brainer. Aassuming that you still need some convincing, here's six very good reasons why you need to make plans to have your face rocked all over the place on Saturday and BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
In which we discuss Bruce vs. Bruuuuuuce, face melting RAWK shows, perms, intentionally ripped jeans PLUS new music from The Wedding Present, Lee Ranaldo, The Shins, Daniel Rossen, Tanlines and Margot and the Nuclear So and So's.
So grab a seat, grab a beer and strap in because honestly, what could be better than listening to a bunch of morons sit around and talk about music for an hour or so?
Fruit Bats is the the long term project of serial sideman Eric Johnson. Johnson has worked for/with the likes of Vetiver, Califone and The Shins but eventually, he always returns to this pseudonymous project as his main outlet. Tripper is the name of the latest album released under the Fruit Bats moniker, and after only a few listens it’s clear that it is easily one of the best releases so far this Summer, if not the year.
Falling somewhere between the Indie folk of The Shins and the pop excess of Supertramp (you read that right) this is an album full of severely satisfying melodies, memorable lines and a shimmer that just never seems to dull.
“Tangie and Ray” is the first single off of the record, and it will give you a taste of what’s in store, but if we’re to be honest, our recommendation is to just dive right in and buy the whole damn album right now. We’ve never steered you wrong before (at least I don’t think we have…Boston doesn’t count) and we’re not about to now, but if you just can’t trust us, then please, by all means, hit play. The end result, which is you loving this record, will be exactly the same no matter which path you choose.
Fruit Bats - Tangie and Ray