James Mercer Plans Double Duty With Broken Bells, Shins
Broken Bells

Broken Bells is back. The indie rock collaboration between The Shins' James Mercer and producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse will release "After the Disco," its first LP in nearly four years, this January.

The band teased the new album with a video posted to the band's website. The one-minute clip features footage of Mercer and Danger Mouse in an arid, dusty landscape while a snippet of a new song plays in the background. The song is punctured by a sci-fi-esque synth part before breaking into a spacey, electronic-infused disco jam, featuring a vocal from Mercer that draws heavily from the Bee Gees.

 

 

"After the Disco" is set to become Broken Bells' second studio album and third release total. The band's debut came with 2010's self-titled debut, which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and featured a top 10 alt-rock hit in "The High Road." A year later, the duo released the EP "Meyrin Fields," featuring unreleased tracks from "Broken Bells."

Neither band member has sat dormant since the last time Broken Bells convened for new music. The Shins dropped "Port of Morrow," the band's fourth album, in March 2012, debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, Danger Mouse (real name Brian Burton) hooked up with a number of acts, with the Black Keys' "El Camino" his biggest triumph. He also won a 2011 GRAMMY for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.