Celebrated indie rock band The Shins announced today their plans to bring their classic 2001 debut album Oh, Inverted World to life in its entirety with a 21st Birthday Tour, including a one-night-only performance at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on Friday, July 22, 2022 with special guest Joseph.
The “low-key masterpiece” (The New York Times) will celebrate 21 years since its arrival on June 19, 2001.
Tickets for the performance will go on sale to the public on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 10 a.m. PDT.
James Mercer’s injection of emotional sincerity and melodic ambition redefined the indie rock paradigm at the dawn of the 21st century, and Oh, Inverted World sounds every bit as fresh, honest and expansive as it did then. Upon its original release over two decades ago, Oh, Inverted World was quickly praised by The New York Times as “a beguiling but confounding little album that wasn’t as little as it first seemed.” Today, Billboard agrees,“Twenty years later, the sound of Mercer’s sublime vocals over tranquil acoustic guitar is just as affecting.”
“Everything was so tongue-in-cheek in the indie world of the ’90s,” Mercer says today. “I remember feeling a longing for some sort of romance in music again, something earnest, like a real attempt at some emotional language.”
Reissued last year in a 20th anniversary edition remastered by Bob Ludwig, Oh, Inverted World is one of those rare masterworks that remains as concise as it is vital, with not an iota of filler. Mercer says of Oh, Inverted World, “This record symbolized a very special moment in my life, a watershed moment for sure.” Their debut full length, caused a seismic shift in the indie rock world upon its release in 2001, single handedly ushering in the modern era of the genre. The record packs 11 tracks into barely over 30 minutes, including gems like “New Slang,” “Caring Is Creepy,” “Girl Inform Me” — every one of which “became defining touchstones of millennial indie rock.”(Entertainment Weekly).
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