THE SHINS: HEARTWORMS
NEW ALBUM OUT MARCH 10 ON AURAL APOTHECARY/COLUMBIA RECORDS
PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW
WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE “NAME FOR YOU”
2017 LIVE DATES CONFIRMED
TUNE IN TO “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” AT 3PM PST ON JAN. 7 TO HEAR THE SHINS’ VERY FIRST LIVE APPEARANCE OF 2017
Photo by Nikki Fenix
Following their warmly received Halloween gift to fans in the form of “Dead Alive”, The Shins are pleased to announce the release of their fifth studio album, Heartworms. The album will be released on March 10th via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records.
In contrast to 2012’s Port of Morrow, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was nominated for a Best Alternative Album GRAMMY, Heartworms ushers in a return to the handmade. Heartworms is, as always, entirely written by James Mercer. However, with the exception of “So Now What” (produced by Richard Swift), Heartworms is the first Shins album to be self-produced by Mercer since Oh, Inverted World in 2001.
Heartworms features Mercer’s most diverse lyrical palette to date: From fictional character sketches (“Fantasy Island,” “Rubber Ballz”), autobiographical accounts (“Mildenhall”), to first single “Name For You,” a resounding call for female empowerment inspired by Mercer’s three daughters. Watch the lyric video here.
The result is a cohesive, genre defying album marked by Mercer’s distinct voice and melodic composition. Unified by his singular vision, Mercer creates a sound that is both familiar – a nostalgic nod to the album’s predecessors – and distinctly new.
Heartworms’ track listing is below. The album will be available March 10, 2017, however pre-order is available now here.
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 record will be supported by a world tour, on which Mercer will be joined by Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jon Sortland (drums), Mark Watrous (guitar, keys, vocals), Casey Foubert (guitar) and Patti King (keys). For those fans who need their fill of The Shins live ASAP, have no fear: the band will be appearing on this weekend’s episode of “A Prairie Home Companion”, which will broadcast live from The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA. Find your local station here: https://www.prairiehome.org/listen/stations and listen in on Saturday, January 7 at 3pm PST.
See below for The Shins’ current tour schedule. Tickets on sale Friday, January 13th at 10am local time. And stay tuned for many more announcements including additional tour dates.
2017 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 – Eventim Apollo Hammersmith
March 30 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
June 15 – Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park Bandshell