They used to be Natalie Portmans favourite band before she started getting tied up in Devendra Banharts beard. They attracted headlines earlier this year when their keyboardist, Marty Crandall, got arrested for allegedly beating his then girlfriend in a Sacramento hotel room. If nothing else, indie rock troupe the Shins have proven that they have a fondness for attracting attention.
And now the latest in their crossover success story is the recent move of opting out of their relationship with Sub Pop - the label that discovered and broke them - and choosing to release future albums on lead singer James Mercers own Aural Apothecary imprint.
"The deal will be more of a [pressing and distribution] deal than a traditional record deal," Shins manager Ian Montone told Billboard. "That partner could very well remain Sub Pop, who have done a remarkable job with the band and have a great staff of people who really love music. It could be a digital partner with respect to other rights. All of this is being determined. The first goal is to make the record and see where that takes us."