The Shins at Bush Hall


27 Feb 2007, 10:32

Mon 26 Feb – The Shins

Despite looking more like he's ready for a day's work at Dunder Mifflin, James Mercer is ready to rock, or at least indiepop.

And so are the crowd, after support act Findlay Brown's brand of Nick Drake-esque folkery. According to The Guardian, he's the "interesting James Blunt, but at least he was nice about the venue.

The Shins open with the first three tracks of their latest album Wincing the Night Away, before moving on to some older stuff including New Slang, Kissing the Lipless and Girl Inform Me. I was particularly pleased to hear Know Your Onion in the encore, particularly as it wasn't on the set list!

They played for about an hour and a quarter, and I was dancing the whole way through. They're definitely one of the best bands I've seen live, although I am totally biased because they played my favourite venue!


  • dukepowers

    Top gig, top venue. Fav non musical moment, Jesse being highly amused by the enthusiastic and single minded maraca playing from the new chap (Eric?) Saw them the night before at the Astoria and they were good, but you can't beat Bush Hall

    27 Feb 2007, 10:46
  • bedroomdance

    lucky! i wish i saw them play. nice review!

    27 Feb 2007, 12:09
  • featherboa

    Aw, yay Jesse, he always seems so happy. And I forgot to mention Marty's brief solo rendition of Ladies Night. That was weird!

    27 Feb 2007, 12:51
  • SovietCanuck

    Aww... I'm so disappointed - because it looks awesome - and I won't get a chance to see them at Kool Haus. Why am I so lethargic when it comes to purchasing tickets, WHY?!

    28 Feb 2007, 5:08
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