BY: JOEY REAMS
The Shins have announced they will be remastering their 2001 debut album, Oh, Inverted World, in honor of its 20th anniversary. This album introduced fans to the Albuquerque-based indie rock band with songs like “New Slang” and “Caring is Creepy.” The reissue will feature an updated “inverted” cover, along with a booklet featuring photos, liner notes, handwritten lyrics. All of this was remastered by Bob Ludwig and James Mercer.
“This record gave me the life that I never really dreamed I would have,” said Mercer. “It opened me up to the whole world and gave me validation. It’s also something that stands as a bit of a pinnacle for our band. You release that first record and it’s so well embraced, but you’re always trying to get that magic back, I think. We’ve done well, certainly, but the fervor that happened around Oh, Inverted World we never quite reached again. It’s a special moment when you’re a new band and you’ve got what was apparently kind of a new sound. This record symbolized a very special moment in my life, a watershed moment for sure.”