Battleshy Youths features singer-songwriter Michael Natrin on acoustic guitar and mandolin, banjo/electric guitar pedal aficionado Mitchell Ebbott, Andrew Johnston on a much-too-heavy bass guitar, Danny Hill on fancy keyboards and acoustic guitar, and Andrew Deinert on percussion. Since their debut release (‘Grow‘) in February 2011, they have received airplay on WSTW and on Graffiti Radio. Based out of Newark, Delaware, Battleshy Youths has been playing at concerts in the Delaware and southern Pennsylvania region since early 2009. They have taken the stage at local venues such as World Cafe Live at the Queen Theater and Mojo Main, and recently performed at Bethlehem, PA’s week long music festival, Musikfest. The band is currently working on another CD as well as a split-EP christmas album with another local favorite, The Paper Janes. You can follow Battleshy Youths on twitter.com/battleshyyouths at facebook.com/battleshyyouths and battleshyyouths.com, or listen to ‘Grow‘ on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, and Bandcamp!
Michael Natrin is a songwriter and electrical engineer from Delaware. He writes and sings folk tunes while playing acoustic guitar and mandolin. Since first entering the local music scene in 2009 with his band Battleshy Youths, Natrin has performed at many Delaware and southern Pennsylvania venues and festivals. After all members graduated from college, Battleshy Youths became a cross-country side project. Natrin focused full attention on performing and writing music with The Honey Badgers, an acoustic duet with fellow singer/songwriter/violinist/cat enthusiast Erin Magnin. Together, they won the 2012 University of Delaware Battle of the Bands and were co-winners of WSTW Hometown Hero Homey award for Best Collaboration of 2011. They have performed over 50 shows in the past year. Natrin cites influences as being Jon Foreman, Colin Meloy, Jeff Mangum, and Jesse Lacey He plays a genre similar to Americana, or folk-style music. You can follow him on twitter @natrin.
J. Danny Hill has a degree in english from the University of Delaware. He is a masterful guitarist and is skilled at many other stringed instruments, as well as the piano.
M. Andrew Johnston has an entomology degree from the University of Delaware. He plays bass, guitar, and djembe. He is a sound engineer in his spare time and is part owner of Blind Sea Studios.
Mitchell Ebbott is a sound engineer by night and a computing specialist by day. He studied philosophy at the University of Delaware and is happily married to his sheep-loving chemist sweetheart. Mitch plays bass, guitar, banjo, and drumset. He is part owner of Blind Sea Studios. You can follow him on twitter @mitchellisdumb.
Andrew Deinert is a fancy financial analyst for an international bank. He attended the University of Delaware where he was the president of the Lambda Beta Zeta chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha.
Eric Wilkins (previous drummer) has a degree in art conservation from the University of Delaware. He plays guitar, bass, and most importantly, drums.
Erin Magnin is a music major at the University of Delaware. She sometimes sings and plays her fiddle with BSY. You can follow her on twitter @erinkelsey3 or visit her personal site or The Honey Badgers‘ site.
Update: Eric is currently on a year long tour with a group called Carpenter’s Tools International. This is a costly endeavor, so if you are nice and willing to support him, you can donate at www.ctimusic.org by clicking on “Donate,” then clicking on “Team/Staff Member Support” and then enter Eric’s name ^_^ You can follow his new blog here: ewilkers.blogspot.com