Mercer says he started new band Broken Bells because The Shins was 'heavy'

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The Shins frontman James Mercer has admitted he formed new side project Broken Bells because life in the band was becoming too “heavy” for him.

In an interview you can watch on NME.COM, Mercer said that after finishing promoting The Shins‘ last album ‘Wincing The Night Away’, he needed a change. Alongside Dangermouse (aka Brian Burton), he is now set to release an album under the title Broken Bells on March 8.

“As things started to wind down for me I wanted to try something totally different,” Mercer explained of his situation. “It’d had started to feel heavy [in The Shins]. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, maybe a solo thing or a new band.”

Burton, who is best known as a member of Gnarls Barkley and producer for the likes of Gorillaz, also admitted he wanted a change too, saying: “I didn’t want to produce other records anymore.”

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