I’ve got to admit, I’ve been rather nonplussed at the prospect of a new Shins record. There was a time James Mercer and his rotating cast were among my favorites, but that was way back in the aughts.
However, “Bait And Switch” has turned me around a bit. It’s a shuffling, jaunty little number with a nice, fat chorus. Check out the video, with its laid back rehearsal footage:
By contrast, the video for lead single “Simple Song” is a big budget, cinematic clip featuring Mercer from beyond the grave with his bandmates as his ungrateful kids:
Look for Port Of Morrow March 20th.