The Shins announce Splendour In The Grass sideshows

Splendour In The Grass headliners The Shins have announced two super huge sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney this July. While The Shins are self-confessed lovers of our fine nation – a passion they cemented in 2007 when they penned an ode to Oz – it has been over five years since James Mercer brought his heart-breaking tunes Down Under.

Having skewed away from all things indie-pop on his Danger Mouse collaboration Broken Bells, Mercer has finally gifted us a new Shins album Port of Morrow. An astounding return to form (and comeback of sorts) for Mercer Pitchfork has said of the new record: “More so than any other Shins album, Port of Morrow doesn’t sound like it belongs to any particular decade or style, instead hopping around like some fully loaded AM radio dial that cranks out gem after gem.”

Discussing his approach to song writing with FL back in 07 The Shins frontman revealed, “Music is always written first for me. The lyrics are pieced together over time, and generally there’s not a lot there by the time the music is written. During the recording process I get a little bit more into the lyrics because I don’t have to sit there and play guitar but listen to what the song are about and what these sounds are giving me, and then try and derive some subject to write about.”

Mercer will reach our shores with a whole new team on July 23rd, no doubt ready to reclaim his indie crown and show off all The Shins classics that made us swoon through the noughties.

Melbourne favourties Husky have the lucky job of support at both shows, tickets for which go on sale 11am Monday 30th April through ticketmaster and ticketek.

FasterLouder presents The Shins Splendour sideshows:

Monday 23rd July – Festival Hall, Melbourne

Wednesday 25th July – Hordern Pavilion,Sydney