Meet the band… The shins are an American indie rock band from signed to sub-pop records.
Band Image The images of them that appear on a Google search are a mixture between humorous and casual. The band members are casually dressed and the settings are familiar ones. Images include the band members pulling funny faces or dressed in unlikely clothing such as swimwear and life jackets, or along side plush monsters. An image of being unpretentious and approachable is presented. Perhaps the band creates ‘light’ records that aren’t too deep, possibly with a dance twist on average indie.
The WebsiteSoft/neutral colours Music player – currently loaded is their previous album Links to where you can buy bandAdvertising the latest merchandisealbum – the website takesthe form of a blog wherethe background utilisesartwork from the digipak– this reinforces theimportance of continuity
Video – Phantom Limb The video features a play where children march in time to the music, they appear to be dressed in Victorian clothes, it is snowing. The settings and with them the time periods continually change. Intertextuality that references historical events is present throughout, at one point the burning of Joan of Arc is reinacted. The band perform the song against a red curtain background. The video combines performance and concept to make something entertaining that emphasises the melodyof the song.
Digipak This is the front and back cover of the digipak for The Shins third studio album; Wincing The Night Away. The track list is written simply down the left hand side, beneath itThe album artwork flows from is a barcode, the record label logofront to back cover. and some copy outlining legalities. The design of the album takes theThe band name is the boldest and style of doodles with the shapeslargest text with the album title being unrecognisable, apart fromtext wrapped underneath what appears to be trees.
This is the inside cover and CDof the digipak for The Shins third studio album; Wincing The Night Away.The album artwork flows to the The inside covers are even simpler thaninside covers also. the exterior, making use of blank space.The CD print is very simple, using the band name and album title exactly asthey appear on the front cover, but in white ink on black.
This is the lyric book which accompanies the digipak for The Shins third studio album; Wincing The Night Away. This is the front of the lyric book, the vibrant colours make a welcome change from the monotony of the digipak’s colour scheme. However, the pattern and colours look slightly out of place, breaking continuity is unusual for digipaks.This is a look inside of the lyricbook. Listed in slanted blocks arethe lyrics of songs on the album.