I'm psyched for the new Shins album, entitled Wincing the Night Away, which will come out on January 23rd, 2007. A working title for it was also "Sleeping Lessons", both were in reference to James Mercer, the lead singer's, chronic insomnia. Once again, something that I share with the Shins.
James Mercer's descriptions of the songs do nothing but to not make me less excited. He describes "Phantom Limb", "The song is a hypothetical, fictional account of a young, lesbian couple in high school dealing with the shitty small town they live in.."
He says that a piano driven song, "Red Rabbits", will also appear along with "Spelling Lessons", "Spilled Needles" and "A Comet Appears".
He tells of how this new record will show how the Shins have "stretched", as the Sub Pop label has agreed to, as well.
Their most recent release, Chutes Too Narrow has sold 393,000 copies in the US.
This upcoming CD may be their last with Sub Pop records, as they have been receiving offers from larger record companies. Personally, I wish they didn't, as the Shins are one of the most solid indie bands, and if they stop being indie, we may have to redefine the genre. But ultimately, I shall still love them, even if they promote themselves to a higher level on the music chain. And everyone will still know that I heard them first, before Garden State.
I can't wait.