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James Mercer Needed A Break From "Exhausting" Shins
Ben Hewitt , January 20th, 2010 06:35

Singer also reveals new album won't be out until 2011

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James Mercer has admitted that he took a break from The Shins because he was "exhausted" from his work with the band.

Mercer, who is about to release an album with Danger Mouse under the guise of Broken Bells, said that the collaboration had appealed to him as a way of lessening the creative burden he felt in The Shins.

"I think I had just been doing the same thing, you know, for so long and wanted to do something new," said the singer. "I was getting a little bit exhausted over having so much responsibility over the success of the records and everything, so I wanted to collaborate and see what it was like to work with somebody on an equal footing.

"It puts you in a situation where all you have to do is come up with ideas and be creative."

However, he did reveal that he plans to work on new material for The Shins this year, even if the album isn't released in 2011.

He said: "The main thing I'll be doing is promoting this [Broken Bells] record, but in between I'll be writing songs and recording stuff probably later on in the year, but it won't come out until next year."

Coming soon: A Quietus interview with James Mercer and Danger Mouse aka Broken Bells

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Jan 19, 2010 6:59pm

Goddamn seductive Danger Mouse

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Jan 27, 2010 12:04am


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Luke Turner
Jan 27, 2010 1:43am

"Bin man needs break from 'exhausting' round"

"vet needs break from 'exhausting' lambing"

"doctor needs break from 'exhausting' stopping people dying"

"Funeral director needs break from 'exhausting' burials"

Bloody lazy bastard indie rock musicians.

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Feb 6, 2010 10:52am

Heard some of the new shins material, it sounds awesome. Disappointed that we're going to have to wait at least another year for the album

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Mar 9, 2010 2:06am

In reply to Luke Turner:

Haha what an incredible douche you are.

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Jun 10, 2010 4:36am

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Aug 27, 2010 11:37pm

In reply to Luke Turner:

we assume therefore that you are familiar with/responsible for producing high quality songs/touring etc. etc. mmmmmm... perhaps not...

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Jan 27, 2011 1:16am

James Mercer is a lot of things. Talented, certainly. A nice person? Less so. Here he is singlehandedly taking credit for the success of an entire band - and an excellent one at that. If the other members don't have much creative input, it's only because Mercer's something of a control freak.

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Feb 4, 2011 1:23am

In reply to Alex:

Jesse Sandoval is that you?

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Feb 25, 2011 8:27pm

In reply to Alex:

Are you stupid? Mercer comes up with a lot of the ideas; it's more of a solo band that the other members contribute to. I'm not saying the rest of them don't have ideas, but Mercer's clearly the main songwriter. Get over it.

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Mar 21, 2011 2:48am

Yeah, Mercer's kind of a douche. This is why I hate learning about people whose music/movies/stories/whatever I like. They're always such a disappointment.

Oh, and Broken Bells was really meh. One great song, one good song, the rest was awful. Kind of puts the whole "I come up with everything The Shins do" thing in perspective. Sometimes it seems that way, but it's a collaborative environment that makes you more creative. Get the band back together, James.

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