The Shins have been teasing the release of their their fifth studio album for a number of months. Apparently, the record was finished earlier this year, but front-man James Mercer wanted to delay announcing its release until the band secured a prime spot at Coachella.
Well, the Coachella lineup was announced two days ago—and the Shins aren’t on it—but their new full-length, called Heartworms, will be out March 10th on Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records.
The record was written entirely by Mercer. Also, for the first time since 2001’s Oh, Inverted World—the record which arguably brought the band to a widespread audience—Mercer produced nearly the whole album himself. (Richard Swift produced album cut “So Now What.”)
Heartworms features “Dead Alive” (a spooky tune released just prior to Halloween) and the new single and album opener, “Name For You”—both of which we present below for your enjoyment.
You can pre-order Heartworms here. A track-list for the record, as well as The Shins’ upcoming tour dates, follow the songs.
The Shins, “Name For You”
The Shins, “Dead Alive”
- Name For You
- Painting a Hole
- Cherry Hearts
- Fantasy Island
- Rubber Ballz
- Half a Million
- Dead Alive
- So Now What
- The Fear
March 4 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater
March 6 – San Diego,CA @ Observatory North Park
March 7 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
March 28 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
March 29 – London, UK @ Apollo Hammersmith
March 30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
April 22-23 – North Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival
June 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell