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April 18, 2014

Shiny Shiny Black to release debut studio album

Shiny Shiny Black to release debut studio album Saturday

GOSHEN — “Travelers” is the name of the album. Musically speaking, the principal songwriter behind it has been on a journey himself.

This year marks Nathan Butler’s 25th playing music. He started out in churches. At age 15, he was the drummer in a thrash-metal outfit, and from there proceeded to play more thrash. Then he played with singer-songwriter Jonathan Ruell, and was a member of the Americana/roots music group The Steel Wheels for about a year. His stints also included a Nine Inch Nails-styled pop-industrial band.

“I’ve been all over the place, genre-wise,” said the Goshen-based musician.

These days, the place is Shiny Shiny Black.

Butler handles vocal and lead guitar duties in the group. Anna Pasquarello Sherck is on guitar, backing vocals and occasional flute. Bryan Chris is the bass player and other backing vocalist.

Shiny Shiny Black’s debut studio album “Travelers” will be officially released Saturday. That day, the full band is scheduled to be at downtown Goshen’s Ignition Music Garage — on Record Store Day, no less — from 10 to 11 a.m.

Broadly speaking, “Travelers” is muscular Americana/indie rock, with shades of Wilco, Tom Petty, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and a hint of The Decemberists. It boasts an enviable big-room, expansive sound.

Going into the “Travelers” project, Butler had an idea for its sound/feel/aesthetic framework.

“I basically wanted to make a bunch of songs that could end up in a Quentin Tarantino film, was my initial premise,” he said. (Listener’s note: The spaghetti Western soundtrack by way of Neil Young intro to lead-off track “Look Me in the Eyes” is an example of hitting that mark.)

Butler indicated that as the track list was being put together, a sort of continuity developed with certain concepts and range of emotions. He sees “Travelers” as being split into sections.

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