By all accounts, the Shins are a serious band. Ever hear “New Slang?” Exactly. But it’s not all serious indie rock, all the time. Check out this Funny or Die behind-the-scenes footage of a “recording session,” where Shins frontman James Mercer just can’t seem to get that pivotal handclap down. They’ve come along way since the days of opening for Chicken Enchiladas. Sort of.
The Shins new album, Port of Morrow, arrives March 20. Watch Mercer tell Matt Pinfield about the album title origins here.