The Accidentals have announced a record deal with Sony Music Masterworks, which will distribute the group’s upcoming album on an international level.
The Accidentals front members Katie Larson and Sav Buist are excited to join Sony, because the company doesn't want to change the group's sound or image. They want the band to be themselves.
"It's kind of nice that they're willing to help grow what seeds we planted a few years ago and work from that instead of starting from scratch," Larson says.
Buist adds they want to be genuine instead of adopting "the cutesy, or sexy image that some people might have seen for us," she says.
The Accidentals have already recorded three CDs, and they marketed and distributed those on their own.
Now, they can focus more on their music, and let Sony do more of that work for them— not only in the US, but also globally.
“I don’t know if we can possibly expand or work harder anymore to try and get our music on an international stage," explains Buist. "Sony is really cool, because they’ve got that established already and they’ll be able to help us get our music out there internationally.”
Japan in particular is a country that excites the band. There’s a large market for musicians that can be tapped through Sony’s connections there. Larson, for one, is hoping to visit soon.
“I’m trying to learn Japanese, actually," she says. "My mom got me a Japanese language CD for Christmas. That’s my next goal.”
Being represented also means it’ll be easier to get into some of the larger venues and festivals around the country. Sav Buist says there’s a lot of festivals that don’t hire bands unless they’ve got labels backing them. She says that'll be a lot easier with a label backing them.
“That’s been really exciting for both of us, is that we’re going to be able to share our music on a wider platform thanks to Sony,” she says.
The Accidentals plan to release a new album later this year. They say they’ll release a single single from that album in March.
They’ll be back in Northern Michigan for couple of concerts in February.