The Shins Frontman On ‘Garden State’ Career Break

The Sun’s Something For The Weekend spoke with frontman James Mercer about the band’s big break when in 2004’s cult hit film ‘Garden State’, Natalie Portman’s character, while listening to ‘New Slang’ famously pronounced: “The Shins… you gotta hear this song. It’ll change your life. Mercer said, “Probably nobody’s life was changed by that as much as mine. It really helped the band. I look at licensing songs as a way to get some visibility… and to get paid for it! We’d toured ‘Chutes Too Narrow’ album for 18 months. Then the plan was to take some time to do a new record but ‘Garden State’ hit and it was time to go on tour again. As the movie became popular, our sales increased and we began getting invitations to play bigger shows. Then things started to happen in my personal life.” The full story at has since been removed.

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