Dangerous Duo

October 22, 2009

via Pitchfork.  In our interview with Shins frontman James Mercer in May, he teased us with a new project. “Both the label and the person I collaborated with are like, ‘We should chill,’ so I’m not going to talk about that,” he said. Well, Mercer is chilling no longer, apparently.

Mercer has teamed up with producer extraordinaire/one half of Gnarls Barkley Danger Mouse to form a new band. The band’s name is still up in the air, but they’re going with Broken Bells for the time being. The debut from Broken Bells (or whichever name they decide to go with, I guess) is due early next year on Columbia.

To be clear, this is not just a “produced by Danger Mouse” one-off thing. Mercer and the Mouse are apparently in it for the long haul and already have plans extending past their first album. The pair recently collaborated on the Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse album Dark Night of the Soul. Our review hailed the Mercer track, “Insane Lullaby”, as “one of the finest moments on the album.”

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