Download Days 13: Good Night Gold Dust

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Mankato based Good Night Gold Dust joins the Independent for our 13th installment of Download Days, and claims the title of First MN band to be featured.  They can also claim the titles of Our Favorite MN Band in Rotation and the MN Band We’re Most Excited to See in Mar. 2018. The band does have ties to Oshkosh though, as singer/guitarist Laura Schultz is a graduate of the UW Oshkosh Social Work program.
Good Night Gold Dust has a few upcoming opportunities for you to catch them live in our part of the state, including Mar. 8 at Mill Creek (Appleton), Mar. 9 at Company Brewing (Mke), and Mar. 10 at The Frequency (Madtown), with a necessary minimum of you making it to two of these shows.

The band is engulfed with digital impression, and is highly adept at crafting catchy guitar lines that blend well with heavy, dark synthesizers, which together draw your attention into the often dreamy musical realm they’ve curated.  The ethereal yet strangely powerful vocals  are addicting, and the listener is only grounded by the shifting percussive rhythm moving you forward.  The sound is big, and serious, and I can’t help but feel they’re telling me to take on something perceived as impossible.

Good Night Gold Dust is:
  • Laura Schultz: Vocals & Guitar.
  • Colin Scharf: Vocals & Guitar.
  • Zachary Arney: Synthesizer.
  • Michelle Roche: Percussion.
Album: Good Night Gold Dust (Self Titled) – released August 2015.   Produced by Brett Bullion.  Recorded and mixed at Near North Studios, NE Minneapolis August 2014. Album Cover Art by: Jessica Gottstein.
Download Day Track: “Waves” (Track # 3) 
To download, click on track link above.  If logged in to drop box and black screen player appears, right click and save as.  If not logged in, you can click the screen anywhere and can then click download from top right corner.  If you still can’t figure it out, just buy their album!
Where to purchase album: goodnightgolddust.bandcamp.com

On Good Night Gold Dust: “Mankato quartet Good Night Gold Dust stood out to me immediately. Their debut EP was produced by the highly respected engineer Brett Bullion, and the songs have an entrancing quality, with big, ambitious melodies and dark harmonies sung by bandleaders Laura Schultz and Colin Scharf.” – Andrea Swensson, host of The Local Show on MPR’s 89.3 The Current

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Justin R. Mitchell

Justin is the founding editor of the Oshkosh Independent.

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