Photo of The Shins' James Mercer, by Nikki Fenix
The Shins on Thursday released a new single called "Name for You," confirming their new album Heartworms will arrive on March 10 via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records.
Unlike on 2012's Port of Morrow, ringleader James Mercer wrote the entire album himself and also produced the full record minus "So Now What," which was produced by Richard Swift. The album includes "Name for You" as well as the band's previously released cut "Dead Alive."
The new record—Mercer's fifth under the Shins moniker—is said to include his "most diverse lyrical palette." One track, "Mildenhall," is expected to be largely autobiographical and the aforementioned "Name for You" is described as an anthem of female empowerment inspired by Mercer's three daughters.
Heartworms has long been in the works but, as we previously mentioned, Mercer had said back in August the album release had been delayed for better festival opportunities. It was one of Variance's 50 Albums to Watch for in 2017.
The Shins will also support the new album with a world tour. The full schedule has yet to be announced, but a first string of dates will go on sale next Friday (Jan. 13).
Hear "Name for You" below, followed by the album tracklist and the band's current live schedule.
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' current live schedule:
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