Shins Stoked For Wincing The Night Away

Billboard has some Shins news. (Though, anything passes as Shins news these days, as their much-much-anticipated third album won’t be out ’til January).

The album’s called Wincing the Night Away, and will be completely finished in the next few weeks. Expect ten songs and “one short introduction.”

James Mercer talked it up to to Billboard backstage at last night’s McCarren Pool.

Mercer is particularly enthused about the song “Phantom Limb,” which he says was inspired from a production standpoint by early Jesus & Mary Chain albums. “The song is a hypothetical, fictional account of a young, lesbian couple in high school dealing with the shitty small town they live in.”

Elsewhere, “Red Rabbits” is what Mercer describes as “a strange, psychedelic piano number with this really tweaked out sound,” while “Sea Legs” employs a hip-hop beat reminiscent of the Beta Band. “Spelling Lessons,” “Spilled Needles” and “A Comet Appears” will also make the final cut.

“I was just talking to some of the people at Sub Pop who were listening to the rough mixes, and they agree with me that we’ve stretched,” Mercer says. “We’re trying some different styles.”

Hey Brooklynites — did they play any of these songs last night? Were they awesome enough to make Zach Braff cry?