James Mercer (musician)
Infobox musical artist
Name = James Mercer
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = James Russell Mercer
Born = birth date and age|1970|12|26
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Origin = Albuquerque,
New Mexico, U.S.
Vocals Guitar Harmonica
Indie rock Indie pop
Years_active = 1997–present
Sub Pop Transgressive
URL = [http://www.theshins.com/ theshins.com]
James Russell Mercer (born
December 26 1970in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American guitaristand indie rock musician. He attended high school in both Englandand Germany; in an interview in "The Guardian" he stated that he lived in England from 1985-1990, and that the family moved there because his father was in the Air Force[http://music.guardian.co.uk/rock/story/0,,1982985,00.html. 2007's original soundtrack | Rock | Guardian Unlimited Music ] ] .
In the early 90s, Mercer belonged to a group called Blue Roof Dinner; then in 1992 he became a founding member of the Flakes. In 1997 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mercer began
The Shinsas a side-project. In 1999, the Flakes (by then called Flake Music) disbanded and Mercer and the other band members focused completely on The Shins, of which he is still the lead singer/ songwriter. In 2002, the band relocated to Portland, Oregon, the given location stated on the band's official MySpace page [http://myspace.com/theshins] . Mercer named his band The Shinsafter the family in the musical The Music Man, a favorite of Mercer's father.
Musical influences he has mentioned include
The Smiths, The Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Beach Boysand The Jesus and Mary Chain.Mercer also sang backup vocals on the tracks "Florida", "Missed the Boat" and "We've Got Everything" on Modest Mouse's 2007 album " We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank". On the Shins' 2007 album " Wincing the Night Away", the booklet credits Mercer with playing "guitar, bass, synthesizer, ukulele, banjo, cat piano, percussion, beat and MIDIprogramming."
Mercer is known to play a worn yellow
GibsonLes Paul Double cut faded.
Mercer's favorite quote is known to be "IMOGEN WILLIAMS: do work!", from the Paul Briggs novel "Knoxville".Fact|date=August 2008
* [http://www.theshins.com The Shins official website]
* [http://www.theshins.co.uk The Shins UK Fan website]
* [http://suicidegirls.com/words/Missy+Speaks+to+James+Mercer+of+The+Shins/ Suicide Girls: Missy Speaks to James Mercer of The Shins]
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