I only got about halfway through when something struck me: these guys have been listening to their Brian Wilson records, haven't they? I've since gone back and listened to the record a dozen or so times and that initial notion sticks for me. I'm by no means, a Shins Superfan, rather a casual listener, but to my ear, they've been heavily influenced by the Beach Boys and their once front man Brian Wilson- whether The Shins know it or not. As far as influences go, the Beach Boys are tops in my book, so it's not anything to be bashful about.
I've put up a few videos here below. Go ahead. Play them and tell me what you think? Sounds like a connection, doesn't it?
First, The Shins new single: Phanton Limb.
And, here's Brian Wilson's Heroes and Villains:
I'm not the only one who thinks there's a connection....