Billboard’s Breakout Band at SXSW 2015, Huffington Post’s Sweet Sixteen of 2016, Yahoo Music’s Top Ten Bands to Watch 2017, and AudioFemme’s #2 Hardest Working Band in the US...
Described by John Sinkevics of Local Spins as “genre-melding indie-folk,” The Accidentals (Sav Buist and Katie Larson) exhibit “a musical and lyrical sophistication that oustrips most mainstream bands.”
Multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Buist and Larson met in 2011 playing violin and cello respectively in Traverse City West Senior High School’s philharmonic orchestra program. Growing up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalists for mothers, their influences bounced between classical, folk, jazz, bluegrass, indie pop, alt-rock, and the obscure. Their music subsequently features an expansive range of genre and instrumentation, including violin, viola, cello, electric and acoustic guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, banjo, accordion, and even musical saw.
From 2012-2014, The Accidentals recorded three original albums, were guest artists on fifteen others, scored two films, and landed song placements in commercials, documentaries, and music compilations while playing over seven hundred live shows. THEN they graduated high school.
After graduation from world-renowned Interlochen Arts Academy, The Accidentals added multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, Michael Dause, as their touring/studio drummer and opened for musical greats such as: Andrew Bird, Sixto Rodriguez (Sugar Man), Brandi Carlile, Dar Williams, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ben Sollee, Rusted Root, The Wailers, Keller Williams, Arlo Guthrie, Martin Sexton, Joan Baez, Umphrey’s McGee, The Decemberists, and more.
In 2015, they scored original pieces for a 72-piece orchestra, an opera dance-project with Son Lux, and a smaller 30-piece string ensemble while touring the US extensively.
In June of 2016, they released a self-produced EP called Parking Lot, of which the single, “Michigan and Again,” went viral. This EP garnered the interest of Sony Masterworks, whom the band signed with later on in 2016.
In August of 2017, they released their debut major-label LP, Odyssey, with Sony Masterworks, which made ABC’s Top 50 Albums of 2017. According to NPR’s Jewly Hight, Odyssey “display[s] equal interest in the focused musical forms of indie rock and pop and the expansive potential of orchestral arrangements, jam band open-endedness and impressionistic singer-songwriter expression.”