"The Shins are likely to self-release their fourth studio album through frontman James Mercer's Aural Apothecary label, Billboard can reveal. The beloved indie rock group's first three albums were released by Sub Pop.It looks like the Shins will be going on tour in May. Confirmed dates so far include Sunday May 17th at the Wellmont Theater in NJ ($35), and Monday, May 18th at Terminal 5 in NYC ($39.50). Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday at noon.
"The deal will be more of a [pressing and distribution] deal than a traditional record deal," Shins manager Ian Montone tells Billboard. "That partner could very well remain Sub Pop, who have done a remarkable job with the band and have a great staff of people who really love music. It could be a digital partner with respect to other rights. All of this is being determined. The first goal is to make the record and see where that takes us."
Says Sub Pop general manager Megan Jasper, "The Shins have been a huge part of Sub Pop's story. We'd love to continue working with them."" [Billboard]