Earlier this week music blogs jumped on Disney for lifting cover art from a Joy Division album for a Mickey Mouse t-shirt.
Quick music history: Joy Division was one of the key post-punk bands of the late-70s/early-80s. They took their name from a novel that coined the term 'joy division' to describe Nazis separating young Jewish girls from prisoners in a concentration camp to work as prostitutes during World War II. Singer Ian Curtis hung himself in 1980 just prior to what would have been the band's first American tour. The rest of Joy Division went on to form New Order and became very famous with songs like "Blue Monday" and "Bizarre Love Triangle."
The Shins mainman James Mercer told MTV he did not intend to go five years between albums. But in that time he formed Broken Bells with Danger Mouse and had two kids, so he's really only had about six months off!
"The songs started to build up, so during times when I wasn't down working with Brian [Danger Mouse] or doing other things, I was home, fiddling with the guitar like I always do, and the songs just sort of kept coming, and I realized I was definitely going to want to do another Shins record."
Mercer also adds about their new single "Simple Song,"
"I wrote the majority of it in 10 to 15 minutes, sitting on the living-room floor with my wife, and then it sat like that. That was during Wincing the Night Away's production," Mercer said. "But I knew it was going to be something that was fun to get into. And, to be honest, the night before we let go of that song, I was really nervous about it. ... I was really anxious and wanted people to like it."
In response to "Was driving down the street, and a @Nickelback song came on. I had an aneurism and violently shit myself at the same time. And my dog died," the band replied, "I bet it was the best day you've had in awhile. #yourwelcome [sic]."
And after seeing the tweet "Nickelback came on the radio... Worse than rebecca black #earsbleeding," the band shot back, "Then it's working?!?!? Sweet!"
Sleigh Bells play Ritz Ybor on February 4, and drop their new album Reign of Terror on February 21. Below is their video for "Comeback Kid."