The Shins – HMV Forum, March 22nd 2012

The Shins – HMV Forum, March 22nd 2012

Five years since their last album Wincing the Night Away and with only frontman James Mercer from the original line-up still in the band, The Shins finally returned with a new album Port of Marrow this week.
Logically, a tour needed to follow-up on this new release and the Shins were able to sell-out both dates at the HMV Forum. Or should we say, James Mercer sold-out two days at the HMV with his band!?
Yesterday was the first of the two dates and boy, it was gooood!

The risk with gigs like these is that the crowd has high expectations due to earlier releases and is not yet that familiar with the new material.
However, James and his band were able to entertain from the beginning till the end with a good mix of golden oldies and new tracks.

Opening with Chutes Too Narrow’s tracks Kissing the Lipless and Mine’s Not a High Horse, the older Shins fans were already getting what they were hoping for.
The sign along Australia with its playful guitars and harmonies got the crowd really moving.
What followed was a perfectly executed and well-balanced show with, as said earlier, a good mix of the old and the new.

You might want to be negative claiming that everything went a bit too perfect. But then again, you know that you should not expect a stunning light show, dancers or pyrotechnics with the Shins; just the heavenly simplicity of well-written swirling indie-rock songs by a no-frills performer.

The Shins left the stage after playing One By One All Day before coming back on stage five minutes later for the encore.
Whilst the track was not on the set list, some fans influenced James to play newly released September, a lovesong he wrote for his wife, before finishing off with Port of Morrow and one of the best Shins tracks Sleeping Lessons.

James Mercer and his new team showed that it was worth the wait with a flawless performance, waiting over four years since their last gig to come back to London.

Kissing the Lipless
Mine’s Not a High Horse
Simple Song
Bait And Switch
Phantom Limb
The Rifle’s Spiral
So Says I
Saint Simon
It’s Only Life
Caring Is Creepy
New Slang
One By One All Day
September (Crowd request)
Port Of Morrow
Sleeping Lessons



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