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The Shins return with "Dead Alive"

26 October 2016, 16:01 | Written by Laurence Day

The Shins are back! Like, properly - they've shared "Dead Alive", a brand new single from their upcoming new album.

"Dead Alive" is described as a "halloween gift while you wait for the album." It's out now.

It was teased yesterday via a creepy new trailer, and sees the beloved rock outfit back on top. The song was originally debuted at End Of The Road last month.

Earlier this year the band's James Mercer spoke at length about the next Shins LP:

“The record is done basically and mixed. We’ve been making little tweaks just because we have extra time. My intention was to have the the record to come out this year, but there’s inevitably these reasons that the label or whatever wants to postpone release just so that they have more time to set things up and do whatever sort of marketing and things that they have to do. So it looks like it’ll be coming out next year. Early next year, like January hopefully."

“I’m really excited about this record. We had a good time making it. It was a lot of hard work, but I think we’ve got something that Shins fans will really love and I think there’s some other things on there that are just different enough. I made a concerted effort on certain songs to fit the palate, or to use the palate that I’ve used historically for the band. And then on other songs, I really jumped off because I was having so much fun just leaning some new tools that I had at my disposal like arpeggiators and things. So I was able to do some stuff that is a bit more synth-oriented… I think lyrically I’m better than I ever was and I think my songwriting is stronger than it ever was.”

He also admitted that external influences have delayed the long-awaited comeback:

“Coachella was a factor in my label wanting to postpone the release of the record. Because Coachella is such a powerful influencer, it’s such a high profile festival, that we want to get as good a placement as we can in it. And I guess apparently when you release your record has some sort of an influence on that.”

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