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1997 / Present


The Shins are an American indie rock band centered around James Mercer.

The band formed in 1997, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States as a side project of Mercer (previously of Blue Roof Dinner) and drummer Jesse Sandoval, who were both members of Flake Music. The band's original lineup was Mercer (vocals, guitar), Sandoval (drums), Marty Crandall (keyboards) and Dave Hernandez (bass). Neil Langford replaced Hernandez in 1998. Hernandez returned to the band in 2003, as Langford had left the band in 2001. Hernandez remained in the band until 2009. Fruit Bats keyboardist Eric Johnson joined the band in 2006.

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James Mercer
since 1997 Unknown
Yuuki Matthews
since 2011 Unknown
Jesse Sandoval
since 1997 till 2009 Unknown
Martin Crandall
since 1998 till 2009 Unknown
Joe Plummer
since 2009 till 2016 Unknown
Richard Swift
since 2011 till 2016 Unknown
Jessica Dobson
since 2007 till 2011 Unknown
Neal Langford
since 2000 till 2003 Unknown

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