“Coming out of Traverse City, Michigan, The Accidentals follow in the footsteps of New Yorkers Anne Dressner and Robin Bacior, making beautifully crafted folk songs for the albeit quirky entertainment of the masses. Theirs is a tried and tested sound, but in this case it’s been perfected by the voices and fingers of Katie Larson and Savannah Buist, two young women destined to make an impact on the music scene in the coming few years. A violin and banjo join the duo on “The Silence”, the opening track and lead single from the band’s sophomore record Bittersweet. The album was funded through none other than Kickstarter, putting an all important kick to The Accidentals’ stride and proving a loyal fan base already in existence. The Accidentals formed in 2011, when at the tender age of 15 and 16 respectively, Larson and Buist met in their local orchestra. Now in their late teens, they’ve already self released a successful debut in the form of Tangled Red and Blue.”
“Savannah Buist, 19, and Katie Larson, 18, have played more than 200 shows so far this year, so their combined energy probably could replace the electrical grid. The Traverse City sensations met in high school and were part of the first program for singer-songwriters at the Interlochen Center for the Arts high school. Their band, the Accidentals, has won Traverse magazine's "Red Hot Best" of northern Michigan music two years in a row. Recently, they signed a recording deal with pop-rocker (and metro Detroit native) Marshall Crenshaw. The band — which now includes drummer Michael Dause — will be in Detroit today to make a video and is scheduled to sing a couple of songs at the TedX Detroit event on Tuesday. Check out their acoustic-tastic original song "Epitaphs" on YouTube.”
“The Traverse City, Michigan trio, who are all under 21 and play a plethora of instruments in order to produce their high-energy folk sound, is an up-and-coming band who is making their Electric Forest debut. No stranger to the festival scene, The Accidentals were named one of the top seven breakout bands at SXSW by Billboard; most likely due to exceptionally catchy tunes like their single, “The Silence.” Sling a hammock among the trees and catch this set so one day when they’re racking up awards, you can claim that you “knew them way back when.””
“Savannah Buist and Katie Larson are both amazingly talented musicians who seem capable of playing just about anything.”
"To say that the meteoric rise of Traverse City’s The Accidentals has made for a frenzied, event-filled year would be selling the year short. The young, acoustic indie-folk/rock group has racked up 10,000 miles by playing an astounding 230 shows across the country in 2014, earned widespread media attention, signed a contract to record four albums in New York City with producers Marshall Crenshaw and Stewart Lerman, and exponentially expanded its fan base across the Midwest."
“...displaying a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops.”
"...displaying a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops."
"The lyrical flow is intriguing and absorbing – and so complex as to draw comparison to Joanna Newsom in full poetic flight.”
"one of the most ground-breaking musical experiences one might just have in a lifetime. If you're looking for a new indie folk band to get into, you couldn't do much better than The Accidentals. 'Bittersweet' is their best overall release yet"
"in performance they can rock. Their live act is frequently electric. The stage patter and presence is polished but real. They switch instruments before the song they have finished sinks in. A 45 minute set passes like a train. They already have more good originals than most hit acts, and their tastefully eccentric list of covers, well... covers the gamut. They pack performing space with a multi-generational mix any act would beg for".
"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."
"'Bittersweet' is an apt description of these talented young girls, as is strikingly illustrated in the wonderful title track." -
"And even with a slew of influences and radio-friendly cuts, the entire package of The Accidentals could never be mistaken for anything other than The Accidentals, and this is what makes them future folk darlings. The musicianship and delicate preciseness to their music is unparalleled to anything else we've heard from talents of this age. Some of the harmonies these two produce, with two very distinct voices, are matured well beyond their years. Combine that with their vast instrumental depth, and these two ladies already have a crowning achievement that will impress even the biggest names in music. It may be difficult to label artists so young as captivating, but really, The Accidentals are just that."
““stunning, an unforgettable experience watching these two girls play a sea of instruments, moving effortlessly from one to the other, while entertaining the masses with their wit, haunting harmonies, and catchy melodies.””
““heady folk and sweet melodies embellish an accomplished set of songs that duck and dive between Americana tinged, slow lullabies and fast, catchy tunes - Bittersweet is surprisingly varied while retaining a direction definitely attributable to The Accidentals’ sound. This talented young duo have found their trademark sound, but they’re not going to let it get in the way of a little diversity."”
“ON BITTERSWEET -"they’ve effortlessly avoided any suggestion of the dreaded “sophomore album slump” with a collection that gets under the skin and makes itself very comfortable. The lyrical flow is intriguing and absorbing – and so complex as to draw comparison to Joanna Newsom in full poetic flight."”
“We enjoyed having you ! You girls are awesome...!”
"If you haven’t heard of The Accidentals yet, you must not be from Traverse City. These two high-school girls have been blowing up around northwest Michigan, becoming one of the most popular local artists over the past few months. Savannah Buist and Katie Larson write indie-pop-folk tunes with such a freshness and innocence that only teenagers could, but they do so with the confidence and talent of artists much more experienced. We’re totally excited to have The Accidentals play at this year’s Maker’s Market! Music is a big part of our day and we’re happy to support budding local musicians. (Especially those so sweet as these girls)
“Thank you THE ACCIDENTALS for packing our house last night. We're working with Amber for more dates. You girls ROCK! Wishing you nothing but HUGE success! We know that one day we'll be saying, "we knew them when . . " and "they played here in 2012!"”
“You guys are great! Grabbed a CD myself today.”
“I heard you ladies last night for the first time, and I loved it.”
“I stayed your whole set cause you girls sounded like angels. Truly loved your music”
“You girls are awesome!!! ”
“I was here, you girls are AMAZING! I bought your CD, and I keep it on repeat. True talent ♥ With love from Detroit!! ♥”
"I was also at Friday Night Live in TC last week and heard you for the first time. Enjoyed your music so much I purchased your CD. You write great songs. Love your music. Yesterday after the 11 a.m. movie at The State theater, they were playing your CD."
"Your CD is fantastic. quite frankly its beautiful. Incredibly soothing and a relaxing companion when driving home. It was awesome watching you guys last night"
“Listening to Traverse City duo The Accidentals (a name even more witty than it sounds, as it refers to musical terminology) is something quite different than what you might expect. The buzz around these two singer-songwriters is that they’re up-and-coming local musicians who have just released their first CD, Tangled Red and Blue, and that they’re playing impressive, quirky live shows around town. Back to that first listen, their original songs carry titles like “Eye to Eye,” “Jargon,” and “The Band-Aid Song,” all of which feature an eclectic range of sounds (both play at least a half-dozen instruments - each) as well as carefully-constructed harmonies and lead vocals that recall Juliana Hatfield, Joni Mitchell, or Metric’s Emily Haines. 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. ”
“Hey! I just heard your album! You guys sound great! Kudos for the cello and pretty sounds, from a fellow cello player and music enthusiast. Keep up the good work.”
“I'm listening to you guys right now and it's making my heart ache, in a beautiful sort of way. ♥”
“Great job tonight opening for Anna Quindlen! :) amazing as always!”
“Alright, I am totally hooked on you guys! I don't even know either of you, but seriously. You rock my socks off”
“Thanks for the lovely tunes yesterday! My daughters didn't want to leave the festival because they were enjoying your music so much! ”
“Thanks for being there, I really liked "Why We Write." Keep writing... and come back again.~”
"Musicality, originality and melodic beauty combine with a welcome, and unexpected bite to clever lyrics." "Such talent, wit, and enthusiasm are hard to find anywhere. So I'll say it's a good thing we have The Accidentals nearby. A duo giving an edge to folk with unique instrumentation is as close as I can come to describing them. A must hear! Songwriters need look no farther to find a new pairing to be jealous of, especially with such a bright future ahead of them."