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    Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:14:34

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    It's a hell of a week for fans of The Shins. First, we have new music within reach as the band's fifth full length studio album, Heartworms will be released on Friday, and now there's news that James Mercer and his merry band of troubadours are offering their first touring van as a gift to a lucky fan.

    The van, bought with the band's first advance from label Sub Pop, and used to the tour the country for many years afterwards is up for grabs. In order to win the 1990 Ford 350 Clubwagon all you have to do is submit a cover of a song from the upcoming album, Heartworms, upload your song to social media with the hashtag #ShinsVanContest and cross your fingers that a chunk of music history could be yours. James Mercer will select the winner.

    In a video, Mercer says the van has been "going to waste," and explains, "It ought to be passed on to a band that uses it to get out there and play shows and spread their music." You can watch James Mercer reminisce about the band's beloved van below.

    Heartworms is out Friday via Aural Apothecary/Columbia. It features previously released tracks "Dead Alive," "Name For You," "Mildenhall," and "Painting a Hole." So, whether you win the van or don't win the van there's new music. And if you're not really a fan of The Shins but are in the market for a brand new beat up old van then maybe the tunes are worth an investment. Tune in, turn up and take a stab at the win. Good luck!

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