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Catching up with The Accidentals: this week on The Green Room

Katie Larson (left), Savannah Buist (center), and Michael Dause (right), of The Accidentals perform 'Sixth Street'. The band released a new EP, 'Parking Lot' on June 1st.

The Accidentals released a new EP on June 1, titled Parking Lot. It’s been three years since the group released their last album, Bittersweet. Since then, the band has toured the country, been showcased at South by Southwest, and signed a new management deal.

The group's appearance at SXSW earlier this year, was the second straight year the group traveled to Austin, Texas. Katie Larson says the event is beneficial for indie bands like theirs because it's a chance to network.

"We did get to meet a lot of people this year, and that was a really good focus," she says. "And we made a lot of good connections that'll help us out for this next year or two."

The Accidentals recently signed with a new management company out of Nashville, Tennessee, called All Good Factory. The music group hopes the partnership with the company will help grow their brand and following. 

One of the songs on the new EP, Sixth Street, is a reference to one of the loudest, and busiest streets at SXSW. Rather ironically, the song has a stripped-down, folk feel to it. Savannah Buist says the reason the song is quiet is to focus on how important silence and presentness is.

"It's really important to take moments in your life and try to be as present as you possibly can," Buist explains, "and tune out everything else and just focus for a couple of moments on where you are."    


A characteristic of The Accidentals music is the fact that they jump between styles so much. Katie Larson says that's one thing she thinks will always be present.

"We can't decide on a genre," says Larson. "We always try to incorporate a little bit of everything."

And that's a good thing for Michael Dause, the newest member of the band. Dause, who's primarily a drummer, says he remembers thinking when he was younger, "I don't know if I would want to join a band as a drummer, 'cause I wouldn't want to just be in one genre of music."

He says joining The Accidentals is the best thing that could have happened, where one second they'll play a funk song, and the next they'll be playing a gypsy-jazz tune. 

"It's so varied, and it's just so much fun to do," he says.

Dan Wanschura is the Host and Executive Producer of Points North.