THE SHINS | 02.15.07 | DENVER

Words & Images by: Tony Stack

The Shins :: 02.15.07 :: The Fillmore :: Denver, CO

The Shins :: 02.15 :: Denver, CO
Supporting their latest release, Wincing the Night Away, The Shins treated the enthusiastic and sold out Fillmore crowd to their carefully crafted songs, which blend trademark pop hooks with mysterious lyrics. This time around, they added a denser, thicker sound to accompany their new material, revealing a new found maturity and comfort with themselves.

Apparently, this larger sound also requires a larger band. The Shins are now a five-piece with guitarist Eric Johnson recently joining as a full-time member. Anita Robinson, singer for opener Viva Voce, also joined them.

The Shins :: 02.15 :: Denver, CO
This new batch of songs gives The Shins a more rounded repertoire to work with. "Sleeping Lessons" was a perfect opener, the soft, spaced out marimba a contrasting backdrop to James Mercer's distorted vocals. They slowly built up steam and eventually crashed into blaring power chords. Just like on Wincing the Night Away, the smoother and happier "Australia," "Pam Berry," and "Phantom Limb" followed. After their breakout hit "Chutes Too Narrow," they mined their first album, Oh, Inverted World. It was a refreshing contrast to hear The Shins hark back to their more unpolished and indie-rock days. The peppy "Girl on the Wing" led into the now-signature "New Slang."

James Mercer - The Shins :: 02.15 :: Denver, CO
After "Saint Simon," with the audience providing the "la la's," the band seemed to hit their stride with Marty Crandall chatting up the crowd between numbers. He joked that when they last played The Fillmore a curtain in the back had to be set up due to the sparse crowd to give the illusion of a more full house. This time, a larger venue was needed, as tickets sold out quickly and Craigslist was full of hopeful requests leading up to the show. The set concluded interestingly with the opening track off their first album, "Caring is Creepy." The Shins will never be known as a concert juggernaut, but they will go down as amazing songwriters. Instead of thrashing around on stage or really doing anything to draw the crowd in, they often stand stoically while concentrating to recreate the lush, production-heavy sound of their songs, which were the true stars of the evening.

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Jammer1086 Wed 3/7/2007 12:38AM
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This band is aswesome! They kinda remind me of early Pink Floyd an various early brit pop for some reason. I have yet to seen them live unfortunatly. And kick myself in that ass everytime play near me for not seeing them live. As far as their albumes go I'm a fan to the end.....Any one else???

vcd106 starstarstarstar Wed 3/7/2007 08:28AM
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These guys are awesome. I've been waiting for them to tour for a while now. I'm pissed though, I just realized they are playing philly next tuesday and it looks like it's sold out....bummer.

digggy Thu 3/8/2007 10:28AM
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I think they sound like The Cure. I personally dont like this brand of PoP. but whutever.. peas..

MalkbabY starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/13/2007 02:16PM
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dude the shins are *totally* my favorite JAM band. thx for the awesome review JAMbase

*rolls eyes*