The Shins could be severing ties with the iconic indie label Sub Pop, and are looking into putting out their fourth LP on their own. The group is said to be looking to sign a deal with a label that will enable them to keep ownership of their masters and utilise the label's marketing and radio promotion abilities. Speculation remains however that it is still possible that the group will remain connected to the label through distribution purposes.
The Shins manager Ian Montone said this of the deal ..."The deal will be more of a [pressing and distribution] deal than a traditional record deal," ... "That partner could very well remain Sub Pop, who have done a remarkable job with the band and have a great staff of people .... It could be a digital partner with respect to other rights..... The first goal is to make the record and see where that takes us."
The Shins last album on Sub Pop, ‘Wincing The Night Away’ debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart and the group has sold over 1.5 million albums in the US alone.