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The Accidentals

NPR calls them “the most emotionally compelling songwriters of our time”

The Accidentals are a female fronted, multi-instrumentalists, power trio. Their music is dynamic and intelligent, a blend of Niko Case lyrics, Jack White rock, and Queen influence throughout.

It’s edgy, indie folk influenced, pop rock.

The Accidentals’ adventure began in their hometown of Traverse City, MI, when Larson, a sophomore cellist, and Buist, a junior violinist, were paired for a public high school orchestra event. During the rehearsal the gifted young musicians found commons in the White Stripes, Andrew Bird, and St. Vincent and before long, became bandmates.

Having both grown up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalists for mothers, their shared influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure.

Dubbing themselves after “the musical notes that fall outside of a key signature (but still sound ok)”, The Accidentals recorded and released a pair of independent albums in 2012 and 2013 while still in high school.

Early career highlights include performing over a thousand live shows, including headline dates, festival sets, and shared stages along such diverse acts as the Decemberists, Keller Williams, Martin Sexton, Brandi Carlile, Andrew Bird, The Wailers, Joan Baez, and others, scoring arrangements for a 75-piece orchestra to accompany them on their original songs as well as arranging pieces for an opera/dance production with Jennifer and Ryan Lott (Son Lux) and scoring an indie documentary film called, One Simple Question.

In 2015 the band embarked on their first full-scale national tour. Their SXSW debut caught the attention of Billboard Magazine who named them one of “seven breakout acts” for “displaying a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops.”

In 2016 they landed in Huffington Post’s “Sweet Sixteen bands to know” after the release of their self produced EP, Parking Lot, calling them “magical, lyrical, and fearless”. Yahoo Music dubbed them one of the Top 10 Band’s To Watch in 2017.

The Accidentals kicked off 2018 with the release of their debut label album, Odyssey, on Sony Masterworks. Co-produced by Buist, Larson, and Dause with engineer Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Guster, Alison Krauss) at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording. ODYSSEY sees the band joined by such friends and fans as acoustic guitar maestro Kaki King, bassist, Dominic John Davis (Jack White, Beck), Carter Gravatt (Carbonleaf), Keller Williams and Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists’), who spent three days in the studio alongside the band, lending her distinctive organ to a number of the album’s key tracks.

They followed the album release with two-hundred days of touring the entire United States, seventeen festival performances, sync placement with Turner Classic Movies and FOX Sports, and a RAM Trucks BandVan #tourtough commercial.

Headed into 2019, their latest release, Heavy Flag, premiered on PopMatters and Billboard and marks the bands growth with the decision to self-release the single before the mid-term elections in an effort to reach potential non-voters. Produced by the band’s “bucketlist” producer, John Congleton (Decemberists, St. Vincent, Lana Del Rey) The song speaks to the cost of societal apathy and invites the listener to find their own voice. It’s a timely call to action from a group that Texas Lifestyle Magazine called “defiant, young - powerful, and undaunted.”

“The Accidentals aren’t slowing down on their amazing journey, rolling down the windows on an open road towards someplace that’s both true and transcendent.”