The Accidentals’ ever-growing fan base has witnessed firsthand the joyful exuberance and dynamic musicianship uncorked by the Traverse City alt-folk trio on stage.
So it’s really no surprise the band is finally releasing an album that reflects that live spirit — a full-length project recorded live over the course of a single day in an Indiana studio.
“We have been trying to nail down the energy of our live show for years,” said singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Savannah Buist.
Creating the “ideal version” of song, she said, often means layering and overdubbing with additional instruments to create “mini-orchestras.”
“Unfortunately, when you are layering,” she said, “you sometimes lose that live energy that comes with intense interaction and a full house of music-loving fans.”
To replicate that atmosphere, the band — Buist, multi-instrumentalist Katie Larson and percussionist Michael Dause — hunkered down at Nimblewit Studios in Goshen, Indiana, with engineer Nate Butler (of the band Shiny, Shiny Black) and “jammed through 12 songs in one day.”
Ten of those appear on “The Accidentals Live,” officially being released in back-to-back concerts Sunday at State Theatre in Traverse City. The shows are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; tickets are $20 general admission, $50 VIP. Details online at stateandbijou.org.
“The live album is just us, as a true three-piece, doing what we do,” Buist said of the album that features new originals and some covers. “I think it captures the essence of an Accidentals live show: the energy, the range of emotions and genres.”
The arrival of the live collection comes more than a year and a half after the band released “Odyssey,” their full-length studio debut on the Sony Music Masterworks label.
It also comes on the cusp of what promises to be an action-packed 2019 for the northern Michigan phenoms who embark on their first overseas tour this spring with plans for releasing a new studio album later this year.
The band will play 13 shows across the United Kingdom in 16 days, starting April 30 at The Wardrobe in Leeds. Larson and Dause have never been overseas, and none of the band members has ever performed outside North America.
As part of the tour, The Accidentals will open a few concerts for Winnipeg singer-songwriter and roots-rock artist Joey Landreth, play the Kilkenny Roots Festival and Crate Diggers Festival, and perform several headlining shows.
“Thanks to Spotify, we already have some listeners in the United Kingdom and it’s been on our bucket list to tour there for years,” said Larson, noting the band will be posting “lots of action” from England on its website and Patreon page.
Before that, however, the band will ramp up live production elements for its album-release concerts, with members of this year’s singer-songwriter class at Interlochen Arts Academy on board for the Traverse City shows.
“We have added some atmospheric changes, a killer light show and a slew of new material. We’re playing deep-cut originals, some of your favorite covers and some songs that have never been heard before,” Buist said. “Expect a good time, that’s all we’ll say.”