Want something that you and your parents can agree to listen to and enjoy together? How about some upbeat-yet chill music? Well, you're in luck because the Accidentals are the answer. This Michigan based band comprised of three young musicians will give you the perfect mix of indie rock mixed in with beautiful vocals and instrumental parts. Katie Larson, Savannah Buist, and Michael Dause make up this trio. Although still considered “smaller” on the popularity grid of new and upcoming bands, they have been killing the game thus far. Since the trio formed in 2011, just juniors in high school, they have landed hundreds of shows. Their talent exceeds fan’s expectations with their various instrumental abilities which will be shown in their upcoming tours.
The Accidentals write their own songs and come up with amazing lyrics to complement their talented instrumental work. They also have almost a countless amount of skills when it comes to playing instruments. Growing up and attending the same orchestra class and high school with these two ladies, I can say from personal experience they are some of the best musicians out there. I remember how they would always be going off to practice rooms to try to come up with new songs and make their previous songs better. They were also almost always sitting in the best ranked chairs in orchestra- Katie with her cello, and Savannah with her violin. This ambition and hard work was reflected well when they both got accepted to Interlochen Arts Academy to finish their high school career. Interlochen Arts Academy is one of the worlds top high schools for the arts where many famous artists attended. Norah Jones, Josh Groban, and Jewel, are just a few of the now famous alumni from this great school. When combined together, Savannah and Katie can play more than thirteen instruments including but not limited to: bass, guitar, piano, cello, viola, violin, banjo, and mandolin. The full time percussionist, Michael Dause can also play guitar and bass in addition to the many styles of drums he rocks out on. Did I mention that all three members have beautiful singing voices as well? The amount of musical talent radiating from the group is simply amazing, especially considering that they’re all under the age of 21.
With their first album released in May of 2012, called “Tangled Red and Blue,” they have released yet another in June of 2013 called “Bittersweet.” Both albums contain twelve original songs and can be purchased on itunes. These albums feature just Katie and Savannah. Michael was not yet part of the group when the freshman and sophomore albums were released, but there’s no doubt he’ll be on the third! According to Savannah, we can be expecting a new album release sometime in the next year seeing as they recently signed a four album contract with the famous Marshall Crenshaw (singer/songwriter), as well as the Grammy award winning producer, Stewart Lerman.
This year, The Accidentals will be playing their first nationwide tour across the U.S. There will be local shows around their home in northern Michigan and out of state shows in places like Ohio and Texas. It’s safe to say they will have quite the adventure on their upcoming tour. Booked in ten different states so far, it will be exciting to follow and see how large their fan base will grow over these next few months. Being a Michigan native, my biggest anticipation is that they will be playing at the huge-but unfortunately sold out- Electric Forest music festival on June 25th this summer. It is a massive accomplishment for such a young group of talented musicians to land this gig, and I am so excited to go see them play in my second home of the Sherwood Forest.
More information about tour dates, music, etc, can be found either at their web page: http://www.moreaccidentals.com, or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/theaccidentals. Go check them out and give their songs a listen, we promise you won’t regret it.
Written by Molly Davis