The band got their name from a passage from the Virginia Wolf story The Mark On The Wall.
Drummer Jeremiah Green quit the band in 2003 due to a mental breakdown.
The album We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank was recorded in Mississippi and produced by Denis Herring who also produced Good News for People Who Love Bad News.
The Shins' video for the song Phantom Limb is directed by Patrick Daughters.
One of The Shins' unreleased songs Whoa, Trish appears in a Gap ad.
The Shins have been compared to Badly Drawn Boy and Beachwood Sparks by critics.
The Shins were influenced by Nick Drake.
Chutes Too Narrow is only a bit over 30 minutes long.
The Shins's Martin Crandall appeared with his girlfriend, Elyse Sewell, on the first cycle of America's Next Top Model.
During live shows, band members, Crandall and Hernadez in particular, are known to frequently swap instruments, making it somewhat difficult to define their exact roles in the band.
A rare non-album track titled "When I Goosestep" is included in the soundtrack of indie film Wicker Park.
The band also offered the song "They'll Soon Discover" for the soundtrack to The Spongebob Squarepants Movie.
The Shins have been featured in many of the TV shows and movies that Zach Braff stars in.
The Shins were featured twice on the Garden State soundtrack and in the movie Natalie Portman mentions how the song "New Slang" will change your life.
The Shins are recording their new album which is tentatively titled Sleeping Lessons.
The Shins describe their sound as an indie-pop and rockish one.
The Shins were part of an aclaimed tour with Califone.
The Shins have been together since 1997.
The Shins are signed to Sub Pop records.
The Shins have toured Europe and Australia many times promoting their albums.
The band relocated to Portland, Oregon from Alberquerque, New Mexico and do most of their recording there.
The Shins' two albums have both been certified gold.
The Shins have toured with pals, Modest Mouse.
Mercer is The Shins's main singer-songwriter.
The Shins started as a side project for James Mercer from his band Flake.
The Shins' second album was called Oh, Inverted World.
Their first record was called Chutes Too Narrow and was released on October 21st, 2003.