The Accidentals / The Western Den
The Accidentals are “explorers and admirers” of indie music greats like Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, Sufjean Stephens, Arcade Fire, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s, Black Keys, Sara Jaffe, and the Beatles. The band's original tunes reflect its exposure to a wide variety of instruments while staying true to its orchestral roots. In addition to guitar, bass, glockenspiel, mandolin, banjo, piano, organ, accordian, and kazoo, you'll hear the edgy violin and cello that defines this duo. A review of Tangled Red and Blue summed up the duo's achievement: “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.” In 2013 The Accidentals opened for Andrew Bird, Sixto Rodriguez (Sugar Man), Aunt Martha, Rosco Bandana, and Lauren Mann. Then the pair hopped an RV to tour their home state of Michigan for seven weeks while finishing and releasing a second album, Bittersweet. Additionally, the band has been contracted to compose an original score for an independent film called "One Simple Question," and its songs "The Silence," "City of Cardboard," and "Miso Soup" were selected for use in a second indie film, called "Please Wait To Be Seated." The band is currently working on a music video, writing and recording a song for a compilation album to raise funds for childhood cancer research, and providing music to evver.com, a new social media platform, all while finishing high school and touring on weekends.
Formed in February 2013, and driven by a shared passion to create music with purpose, The Western Den is the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, who together blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures to produce a sound all their own. The duo released their debut EP, Battle Hymns, in May 2013 and debuted by opening for Melissa Ferrick on the northeastern leg of her national tour, in the summer of the same year.
Watch the Accidentals perform "Bulletproof Glass":