James Mercer of The Shins

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LISTEN: The Shins Release "Dead Alive (Flipped)"

By: Scott T. Sterling

January 9, 2018

The Shins are back with a brand-new take on an older track.

James Mercer and crew have revealed the first song from the band’s upcoming album, The Worm’s Heart, which is a completely revamped version of the group’s previous album, Heartworms.

“The original version of ‘Dead Alive’ was right in the wheel house with tracks we had done before,” Mercer explained in a press statement. “It has the same triplet galloping rhythm as a number of Shins songs. So to ‘flip’ it we broke it down into more romantic elements like that dark piano and Patti’s violin, which I love. That’s me in the beginning knocking my beer off the console while mic-ing her! Oops! Listen for Casey’s sick fuzzed out solo.”

The Worm’s Heart is set for release on Jan. 19. Check out “Dead Alive (Flipped)” below.