James Mercer fronts The Shins at The Anthem on Nov. 2, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
The Shins made a highly anticipated return to DC with a show at The Anthem on Thursday, and Paivi caught some pix of the band’s performance.
Rejuvenated, The Shins find themselves touring to celebrate their fifth album, Heartworms, released on March 10 via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records.
According to Setlist.fm, The Shins started the show with “Caring Is Creepy” from Oh, Inverted World, their 2001 debut album.
Nearing the end of the set, James Mercer and company performed “Painting a Hole” from the new album. Upon releasing the single back in March, James commented, “People create beliefs or inherit them and those beliefs very rarely reflect the reality we live in every day. Like a coyote in a cartoon, painting a hole in the side of a cliff then falling through it, I think these belief systems are just about as ridiculous as that.”
The band closed the set with “Simple Song” from their last album — 2012’s Port of Morrow, then performed an encore that wrapped the show with “Sleeping Lessons” from Wincing the Night Away, their heralded 2007 third album. James intertwined a bit of “American Girl” by Tom Petty into the song as a tribute to the late Southern rocker.
Catch The Shins on Nov. 7 in Detroit. They keep touring through Nov. 17 in Atlanta before going overseas! Here are some pictures of The Shins performing at The Anthem on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. All photos copyright and courtesy of Paivi.
All photos by Paivi