Just around the corner from the DO317 Lounge and down the hall from the Joyful Noise performance space is a brand new little cove we're pretty excited about. It's the Joyful Noise Record Store, a new micro space that's home to another tiny, new company, The Brain Twins. That's Jessica Dunn and Justin Shimp, who are animators, muralists and illustrators working primarily in black and white. Their work has graced a variety of Joyful Noise products.
"We were packaging up orders at night, after our day jobs," Shimp says.
"We started doodling, making thank you notes, just drawing funny little faces on them," Dunn says.
"But we'd personalize them," Shimp says, "Because we knew who each order was going to. So it's say, 'Thank you David, so much!' We'd write little stories about them."
From then, they started doing more illustrations, became a part of Installation Nation, part of the Toys event at Primary Colors, and now, Brain TWins.
"As with Joyful Noise, we have a lot of the same values as companies, [including] putting the tangible back in art. We go the analog route with our drawings, making hand drawn thank you notes, illustrations for the blog and everything else we do," Dunn says.
Dunn and Shimp will staff Joyful Noise's new space (open daily) and draw, animate and paint. After a sneak peak last month, the Joyful Noise Record Store opens officially this First Friday. Jorma Whittaker will be on hand to DJ and Joyful Noise offerings (including David Yow's new album Tonight You Look Like A Spider, which happens to be incased in concrete) are available for purchase.
"The record store is almost a "micro record store", serving as a storefront for Joyful Noise releases, t-shirts, and other swag," label head Karl Hofstetter says. "In addition, super-rare sold out releases from our personal stash will occasionally be available only at the record store (not online, or anywhere else). Our hope is that the store really becomes a destination and enhances the culture of Indianapolis."
Online orders can be picked up at the Joyful Noise Record Store, where Dunn and Shimp will be happily drawing away.