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Wed 1 Aug 2007

Where: Powerstation, 33-35 Mt Eden Rd, Eden Terrace, Auckland


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Of course, ‘surprise’ and ‘a long time’ are both relative in the inverted world of The Shins. Since the band’s sold-out NZ visit in 2005 as the rising stars of the indie underground, their third album Wincing The Night Away has achieved the highest debut chart position and first weekly sales of any release on the iconic Sub Pop label, the combined sales of their three albums have passed the one million mark, and the band have headlined two nights at the Hollywood Bowl. See – Natalie Portman was quite right about the band in Zach Braff’s movie Garden State, which prominently featured the band’s ‘New Slang’. If it seemed to you that this would be the group to completely reinvigorate the indie rock world with their skilful melodic collision of 60s, 80s, and 21st century pop sensibilities, then you were right as well.

The Shins are singer/guitarist James Mercer, drummer Jesse Sandoval, keyboardist Marty Crandall, bassist Dave Hernandez and multi-instrumentalist Eric Johnson

They say there’s no second chances in this world, but The Shins don’t forget their friends: New Zealand now has another opportunity to catch this most friendly troupe of disbelieving pop heroes and their lilting, rollicking, rock-solid songs, as they have kindly included us in their tour schedule between a US/Canadian tour and their hotly-anticipated British festival dates. Joining them at both engagements are Lil Chief Records pop sensations RYAN McPHUN & THE RUBY SUNS.

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