The Shins to play one-off UK show in March

The Shins have announced plans for a five date European tour, which will include one stop off in the UK, on March 22 at London's HMV Forum.

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The Shins have announced plans for a five date European tour, which will include one stop off in the UK, on March 22 at London’s HMV Forum.

Tickets for the show, their first in the UK for over four years, go on sale at 10am tomorrow (January 20).

The Shins have posted online ‘Simple Song’, the first single from their forthcoming fourth album ‘Port Of Morrow’, which is released on March 20. The track, which you can listen to by scrolling down and clicking below, is the first new material to emerge from the group since their 2007 LP ‘Wincing The Night Away’.

The band left Sub Pop in 2008, so the new album will be released on band leader James Mercer’s Aural Apothecary label via Columbia Records. The 10 tracks were produced by Greg Kurstin in both Los Angeles and Portland over the past year.

The new line-up – made up of Mercer, Yuuki Matthews, Jessica Dobson, Richard Swift and Joe Plummer – will also play shows in Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and Stockholm. Since the band’s last album Mercer teamed up with Danger Mouse to form the band Broken Bells in 2009.

The Shins will play:

London HMV Forum (March 22)
Amsterdam Melkweg (25)
Paris Bataclan (26)
Berlin Kesselhaus (28)
Stockholm Berns (30)

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