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Future Looks Bright for Musical Prodigies The Accidentals

The Accidentals playing at the Electric Forest Festival in the summer of 2015.

Photo credit: B. Hockensmith Photography

The Accidentals playing at the Electric Forest Festival in the summer of 2015.
Written by: Communicator StaffJanuary 23, 2016

Written by Zachary D. Elick

Though already proven to be incredibly prolific, Katie Larson and Savannah Buist, the young duo at the heart of the indie-folk band The Accidentals, are still fine tuning the fundamentals of working as professional musicians.

“We’ve been learning a lot about how to balance our time and structure it,” Buist said over the phone.

The multi-instrumentalists said they are trying not to overextend themselves too much with their hectic recording and performing schedule.

After spending most of 2015 touring the country — playing more than 200 shows, according to their website  — The Accidentals took a well-earned break over the winter. Yet, even during their downtime they didn’t exactly take it easy: Buist traveled to Scotland and Larson worked on a goat farm.

Back on the road, the band will be playing their first-ever Fort Wayne gig on Jan. 28 at the C2G Music Hall. Buist and Larson, who first met in 2011 while attending public high school in Traverse City, Mich., will be accompanied by their drummer Michael Dause, who joined the group in 2014.

At the show, The Accidentals said they are excited to showcase their range.

“We want to expand on everything we do,” Buist said.

The band has always incorporated diverse musical styles, such as classical, bluegrass, pop and country into their sound. In addition, their sound still seems to be evolving. Since the addition of Dause into the band, Buist and Larson said they have been experimenting more with guitar-based rock and jazz.

Buist and Larson name, among others, Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Neko Case and Django Reinhardt as musical influences.

After forming The Accidentals, Buist and Larson transferred to the Interlochen Center for the Arts High School to study songwriting in 2012. Over the next 3 years, the band released two original albums, “Tangled Red and Blue” and “Bittersweet.” The latter was partially recorded in Bloomington while the girls were on spring break from Interlochen.

The band has also guested on several albums released by other artists, had some of their songs show up in commercials and movies, provided an original score for the indie-movie “One Simple Question” and performed with the 72-piece Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

Self-described “big music nerds,” Buist and Larson didn’t express much difficulty in switching from traditional songwriting to composing musical scores.

“We love music theory, especially the hardcore boring stuff,” Larson said.

Buist and Larson can also each play approximately thirteen instruments, including standard violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo.

One instrument they have recently learned is the musical saw, which Buist described as being a normal hand saw used to make what she refers to as “ambient, ghostly” music — reminiscent of a “demon wailing.”

The duo said they have a new album coming out soon, and they will be performing new material at C2G.

Where: C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St. , Fort Wayne, IN 46802
When: Jan. 28, 8 p.m.