Multi-instrumentalists, Katie Larson and Savannah Buist are creating quite a name for
themselves among music lovers of all genre’s. Described as, “A duo giving an edge to folk with unique
instrumentation”, Z93 FM DJ, Matt Mansfield writes: “Combine musicality, originality and melodic beauty with a welcome and unexpected bite to clever lyrics and you’ve got Accidentals music. Songwriters, look no farther to find a new pairing to be jealous of, especially with such a bright future ahead of them.”
They met in 2011 at their public high school. Katie (15) was a freshman cello player,
“playing up” in the Philharmonic Orchestra and Savannah (16) was Concert Master, violinist. They volunteered for a class assignment that threw them together for their first rehearsal and The Accidentals were born.
Growing up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalist for mothers, their
Influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure. Their collective playlist you won’t find on mainstream radio. They are “explorers and admirers” of indie music greats like Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, Sufjan Stephens, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Black Keys, White Stripes, Sarah Jaffe (and the Beatles). Their original tunes reflect their exposure to a wide variety of instruments while staying true to their orchestral roots. In addition to playing guitar, bass, glockenspiel, mandolin, banjo, piano, organ, accordion, and kazoo...you can’t miss the edgy violin and cello that defines this duo.
In 2012 these two ladies auditioned for and snagged a coveted spot in the first ever singer-songwriter
major at the renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts High School -around the time they released their first self-produced album, Tangled Red and Blue. In early reviews of Tangled Red and Blue, Kristi Kates of The Northern Express, was the first to say what everyone was thinking, “It’s difficult to believe that music this accomplished is being crafted by two talents who are still in high school - but that’s The Accidentals’ story.”
In two short years (2011-2013) they would write and record two albums, play as guest artists on seven others, score three films, and land song placements in several commercials, documentaries, independent films, and music compilations, in addition to playing over five hundred live shows while maintaining their studies.
In 2013 The Accidentals opened for some of their favorite artists, Andrew Bird, Sixto Rodriguez
(Sugar Man), Aunt Martha, Rosco Bandana, and Lauren Mann. They hopped an RV to tour their home state of Michigan for a consecutive seven weeks while finishing and releasing their second album Bittersweet. The GR
Press called their stage show “stunning, an unforgettable experience watching these two girls play a sea of
instruments (twelve to be exact), moving effortlessly from one to the other, while entertaining the masses with their wit, haunting harmonies, and catchy melodies, they are truly unforgettable.”
Fifteen track album Bittersweet was recorded with award winning producers in Nashville and Indiana in March 2013. According to UK Magazine, Leicester Bangs: “The lyrical flow is intriguing and absorbing – and so complex as to draw comparison to Joanna Newsom in full poetic flight.” DW Magazine, UK adds; “heady folk and sweet melodies embellish an accomplished set of songs - Larson and Buist have found their trademark sound but they’re not going to let it get in the way of a little diversity.”
The Accidentals recently won Traverse Magazine’s “Red Hot Best” of Northern Michigan Music for the second year in a row, were featured in Regional Musician Magazine and NPR’s Stateside. Reviews of their song “The Silence” landed them a featured artist spot on Reverbnation’s home page and put their new album in rotation on CBS Radio. It also garnered the attention of songwriting legend, Marshall Crenshaw and Grammy award winning producer and engineer, Stewart Lerman. The Accidentals left for New York in Feb. 2014 to record a brand new EP with these gentlemen and recently signed a production/label deal with Crenshaw and Lerman.
So far in 2014, The Accidentals have scored an original tune for a 72 piece orchestra, arranged music for an Operatic Dance Project with musical genius, Son Lux, opened for Brandi Carlile, and played over 200 shows including Frederik Meijer Gardens, Wheatland, Blissfest, and Earthwork Harvest Gathering.
You can check out two brand new music videos on their YouTube channel along with festival recaps, and live shows at youtube.com/moreaccidentals
Hear an exclusive song at www.cancerbenefit.org
written for the compilation CD, Firework.
At eighteen years of age, The Accidentals journey is just beginning and they can’t wait for you to join them at moreaccidentals.com