i was reading an interview with james mercer from 2004, and its amazing how much things have changed, both for the shins and for the indie music world. in the interview, they were discussing the craziness surrounding james liscening New Slang to Mcdonalds, and then how bizaare it was that the shins were becoming famous, were getting songs in tv shows and on movies. The interviewer was discussing all this like it was unique, and bizaare.
How different things are in 2012! Now that type of thing is so commonplace, in many ways its not really even noteworthy. indie bands are on tv and in movies, and in soundtracks all the time. the fact they were on snl the other day is cool, but they are really just a normal big tent indie band right now. And have been for some time. Head and the Heart were used as the final song in the final episode of Chuck. While thats awesome, and any exposure they get is great, its sort of normal now.
Im a little nervous though about the lyrics for the new record. alot has happened since 2007 when Wincing came out. James now is a father, and it seems like he is happy. So much of what makes The Shins so great is the lyrics of James mercer, which often revolve around not knowing ones place in society and the world, feeling unsure, lost, confused, scared, anxious. I dont really know how a Shins album would sound like, or how much i'd enjoy it, if james comes out with a happy album.