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Record Store Day 2014: Goshen band Shiny Shiny Black to debut album

Music fans came to the rescue by supporting a successful crowdfunding campaign behind the Goshen trio’s new album, “Travelers.”

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:54 a.m.

GOSHEN — Goshen’s own Shiny Shiny Black is celebrating Record Store Day the right way – with the release of its first full-length studio album.

“Travelers” arrives Saturday, April 19, and the band will having an in-store signing from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ignition Music Garage, 120 E. Washington St.

“We may also play a couple of acoustic numbers,” frontman Nathan Butler said.

“Travelers” is the result of a successful crowdfunding campaign that helped cover the cost of recording. The band set a goal of raising $3,900, and months later, fans came up with $4,690 for the record.

“People just blew our minds,” Butler said. “We ended up being funded at 121 percent, which blew right past our target. That was a pretty incredible experience to be supported that way.”

The band recorded the album at T. Bush Recording in Syracuse but tracked the drums on stage at downtown’s Goshen Theater.

“We really like the way that space sounds,” said Butler, who has played in an eclectic mix of music over the past 25 years ranging from Americana to hardcore thrash and industrial.

Echoing the music of Whitehorse and The Black Keys, Shiny Shiny Black’s new release packs a lot of punch with songs like “Look Me in the Eyes,” “Love Like That” and the first single released in August, “Lights On.” But the song that is closest to Butler’s heart is a track titled “Oh Darlin.’”

“That song started because I was singing my daughter to sleep at night,” he said. “She doesn’t sleep terrifically well, so I have to sing a lot of lullabies to get her to chill out enough to fall asleep, and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ got really old, so I started making up songs.”

Shiny Shiny Black formed in 2012 with Butler on guitar and vocals, Bryan Chris on bass and Anna Pasquarello Sherck playing guitar and sometimes flute. The three musicians take turns playing percussion.

“I’m really proud of those guys,” Ignition owner Steve Martin said. “The record is great, and I’m happy to have them here for Record Store Day.”

The band has shared the stage with Kansas Bible Company, Phil Madeira, Von Strantz, Will Kimbrough and Brigitte DeMeyer among others with shows at Ignition, the South by South Bend Music Festival, The Pool and LangLab in South Bend, and tours that have taken the group throughout the Midwest. Butler hopes Shiny Shiny Black one day has a national presence, but in the meantime, the band is building its audience locally and regionally.

“Travelers” will be on sale at Ignition and is available for preorder on the band’s website,

Follow Elkhart Truth reporter Angelle Barbazon on Twitter at @tweetangelle.

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