On Wednesday, April 18, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) welcomes America's hottest indie rock band, The Shins, to the Castle Theater for the first time. With recent TV appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," plus a new video premiere on Nintendo 3DS systems, The Shins are poised on the brink of mainstream popularity.
The band was formed in 1996 as a side project for singer-songwriter James Mercer, whose primary band was Flake Music in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At that time, Mercer began writing what would eventually become The Shins' first record. When Flake Music came to an end, Mercer had the opportunity to record "Nature Bears A Vacuum," an EP released by Omnibus Records. For their earliest shows, The Shins performed as a duo with Mercer and Jesse Sandoval on drums, and then formed a full band, adding Marty Crandall on keyboards and Dave Hernandez on bass.
The new band backing James Mercer on the 2012 tour to promote their latest album Port of Morrow includes singer/songwriter Richard Swift, Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, Yuuki Matthews of Crystal Skulls and Jessica Dobson. "Simple Song," their new hit single, has been at the top of many music charts.
Tickets for The Shins concert are $35 and $45 plus applicable fees. Pre-show dining will be catered by Three's Bar & Grill from 5:30 p.m. in the Courtyard. Call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or go to MauiArts.org.