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March 7, 2013

'Wagon' tale: Mankato band good night, gold dust releases 'Bandwagon' inspired music video

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MANKATO —

The timing of the video also coincides with good night, gold dust’s next foray into the music scene beyond the Midwest.

Having long ago formed a relationship with Ian Hilmer, a Mankato songwriter and veteran of the South by Southwest Festival scene, good night, gold dust has been plying their brand of atmospheric, genre-defying folk/rock music for the past two years in the largest music festival in the world held annually in Austin, Texas.

This year, the band is playing a pair of auditioned gigs as part of the Spicy Evolution Music Festival, one of a number of South by Southwest Festival-adjacent events. On the way, they’ll be making stops at Ed’s No-Name Bar in Winona on Friday — opening for the popular Twin Cities folk-pop group Rogue Valley — and at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln, Neb.

Band members said the Texas trip not only expands its reach and audience, but also re-energizes its creative batteries.

“When we’re playing a lot, we only see the other bands we’re playing with,” said Michelle Roche, a timpanist for the Mankato Symphony Orchestra who doubles on keyboard for good night, gold dust. “It’s nice to see other bands.”

Though no timetable has been set for release, the band has also begun working on its next studio album.

Scharf and Schultz, who serve as the primary songwriters for the band, said they are moving away from their reliance on the guitar and arranging songs with horns, strings and synthesizers. Having already shown a propensity for moody, atmospheric songwriting, band members said they want to preserve their trademark sound while making their music more expansive.

“In comparison to our earlier material, it’s a step away from rhythmic folk,” said bassist Eric Blake. “We want to let the music breathe a little more.”

Roche added: “We want to leave room for reflection.”

In addition to Facebook, those interested can find more information about good night, gold dust at www.goodnightgolddust.bandcamp.com.

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