As much as I love James Mercer’s work with Broken Bells, it’s great to know that Heartworms, the fifth studio album from The Shins, comes out March 10 (Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records). Details are found after the jump.
Heartworms, The Shins’ follow-up to 2012’s Port of Morrow, features Mercer penning all the songs as well as producing most of the album (Richard Swift produces the track “So Now What”). This is Mercer’s first self-produced effort with The Shins since their 2001 effort Oh, Inverted World.
“Name For You,” a track that was inspired by Mercer’s relationship with his three daughters, embraces the idea of defining yourself despite society’s often constricting labels (“They’ve got a name for you girls / What’s in a name?”). Check out the lyric video below:
The full track list for “Heartworms” is as follows:
1. Name For You
2. Painting a Hole
3. Cherry Hearts
4. Fantasy Island
6. Rubber Ballz
7. Half a Million
8. Dead Alive
10. So Now What
11. The Fear
The Shins’ world tour will feature Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jon Sortland (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar, keys, vocals), Casey Foubert (guitar), and Patti King (keys). Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, January 13 and for more info go to theshins.com.
The Shins Tour Dates
March 2 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre
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
June 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park Bandshell
***What’s your favorite song from The Shins? Feel free to comment below! Whenever I’m feeling down and out (or just plain reflective), I turn to “It’s Only Life.”
**The Shins will also be featured on this weekend’s “A Prairie Home Companion” which airs live from The Paramount Theatre (Seattle, WA). To find the program on your local station, click here.