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 youv'e 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, Sufjean Stephens, Arcade Fire, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's, Black Keys, Sara 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, accordian, and kazoo...you can't miss the edgy violin and cello that defines this duo.
In 2012 these two ladies auditioned for and snaged a covetted 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, The 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 while playing over five hundred live shows and maintaining a 3.9 + GPA.
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, 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."
In 2013 they composed an original score for an independent film called "One Simple Question" that released in November 2014 at Blue Ocean Film Festival, and their songs "The Silence", "City of Cardboard", and "Miso Soup" have been selected for use in a second indie film, called "Please Wait To Be Seated", to be released in Mar. 2014. "The Silence" was licensed to Shanty Creek Resorts for commercial.
The Accidentals recently won Traverse Magazine's "Red Hot Best" of Northern Michigan Music for their second year in a row, and Bittersweet was nominated for four WYCE Jammie awards.
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 engineer, producer Stewart Lerman.
They are currently working on the first of a four album contract with ILO, (Marshall and Stewarts production company) and have signed a management/consulting agreement with MCT Management at MCTBold.com, as well as a booking agreement with Fleming Artists.
They are looking forward to both touring nationally in 2015 and releasing a brand new album.