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The Shins
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    (1997- )
    Formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico
    James Mercer, vocalist/guitarist
    Neal Langford, bass guitarist
    Marty Crandall, keyboardist
    Jesse Sandoval, drummer
    Recorded albums: 'Oh, Inverted World' (2001) and 'Chutes Too Narrow' (2003)
    Performs 'New Slang,' 'Pink Bullets,' 'One by One All Day,' 'Weird Divide,' 'Know Your Onion!,' 'Caring Is Creepy,' 'Turn a Square,' 'Pressed In a Book,' 'Girl Inform Me,' 'So Says I' and 'Weird Divide'
    In an interview, Marty joked that they got a record deal with the Sub Pop label because he 'gave them all blow jobs.'
    They said that they basically have signed their lives away because they have to make ten albums in the next five years.
    They were all in a band called, 'Flake' which formed in the early 90's.
    They were influenced by Echo & The Bunnymen, Beach Boys, XTC, James Brown and The Byrds.
    They weren't against Napster and aren't against any other music downloading programs because they say it helps people in discovery underrated bands.
    'Oh, Inverted World' ranked #60 on Magnet Magazine's Top 60 Albums of 1993-2003.
    They've been compared to other underrated indie rock acts including Guided By Voices, Apples In Stereo, Badly Drawn Boy and The New Pornographers.
    They are known as one of the last bands of the 'decade of dream rock.'

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