For those of you that don’t know, Ben and TJ started a multi-volume Christmas compilation back in 2010. They are busy piecing together Volume 4, but in the meantime you can stream the other 3 volumes in their entirety over at http://regifted.bandcamp.com - these are purely for fun and we hope you enjoy! Happy holidays! More to come soon.
If you’re following us on any of the major social networks, you should know that we have wrapped tracking on our new record. We sent it off to mastermind Mike Kalajian for mixing this week and we can’t wait to get the final product back and share it with you! Our goal is to have an official release early next year, but we’ll certainly keep you all posted.
Lastly, we are very excited to announce we will be performing as part of First Night Saratoga, a big New Years’ Eve celebration up in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY. We will be closing out a wonderful, memorable year by playing a ton of new material (and of course, some old favorites) and we hope you can all join us to celebrate! We play two sets, 6 PM and 7 PM. For more details: http://www.saratoga-arts.org/firstnight/map
This past weekend we started tracking our 2nd album down in Poughkeepsie, NY. 17 songs worth of drums are wrapped, as well as more than half the bass. Everything is sounding amazing so far and we can’t wait to share it with you all! We’ll be remaining pretty active on our Instagram throughout the process, so be sure to follow us there and on Twitter to keep up with us. Next up: Guitars galore!
To everyone who helped make our new album’s Kickstarter campaign a success, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We head to Telegraph in Poughkeepsie in just a few weeks (August 23rd to be exact!) to begin recording the follow up to 2012’s Growth and Squalor. We’ve got more than an album’s worth of songs prepared for you guys, and we can’t to share them all with you. Keep your eyes peeled for updates, as well as some other new music to hold you over in the meantime. Lots a-brewin’…..
It’s been a couple weeks since we’ve posted an update, simply because TJ was on vacation while the rest of us were actually being productive writing parts for our new songs. Speaking of new songs! We officially announced that we will be heading back into the studio on August 23rd to begin recording the follow-up to Growth and Squalor. We will be working with Mike Kalajian (who mastered our first record, but has also worked with our friends in Wooly and the Mammoth, The Racer and Moving Mountains to name a few) and we could not be more excited! To accompany this, we have launched a Kickstarter campaign for our fans to partner with us on this endeavor. There are a lot of awesome incentives we came up with for you guys, some of which are rather limited so act while you can! Here’s the link, including details for how you can help: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1167151466/accents-records-lp-2-0
Lastly, we’re playing a killer show on Saturday right here in Albany. It will likely be the last local show we play before heading into the studio, so come out and dance with us! www.thehollowalbany.com for more details.
Playing an awesome show tomorrow night with some local favorites The Slaughterhouse Chorus and The Lucky Jukebox Brigade, as well as The End Men and Moho Collective. We have a fun set prepared for you guys and hope to see you there! Doors are at 8 at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany. We’ve all finished season 4 of Arrested Development and are ready to dish out some awesomely obscure quotes on stage. Cheers!
A lot of creative juices flowing over here in Accents camp. We’re about half way through the “sifting” process of new album material. Ben, TJ and Lauren will begin demoing some songs this weekend for Matt and Jordan to critique and embellish on. So far, all the material seems to be maintaining the authentic honesty of the first record, but we are able to express it in a much more grandiose way this time around. Long story short, we expect it to be a very live friendly record when all is said and done. (And there’s not much else to tease you with at this point so all you get are descriptive words!)
We’ve got a show coming up this Saturday in Albany that we’re really excited about. We will be performing as a part of The Midnight Society’s CD Release show at the Red Square - it starts at 8 PM and will lead perfectly into the premiere of Arrested Development season 4.
Speaking of, here’s a couple things we’re looking forward to:
- The final season(s) of Breaking Bad and Dexter
- Man of Steel and Monsters University
And here’s a few things we’ve been enjoying quite a bit lately:
- The Office series finale…. ummmmm, tears anyone??
- The newest records by the National and the Wonder Years. If you’re not familiar yet, get acquainted.
- Warm weather…. I mean c’mon. It’s about time….
Twelve months is a relatively short time to warrant a ‘retrospective,’ but a lot has happened in the past year that we are truly grateful for. Last May, Ben and I released an album that we had been recording and tweaking for the better part of year, including songs that I had written as far back as 2009. It was a weird thing for both of us taking a slight step to the side from the projects we were used to working on, as well as branching out with the recording process by never once being in the same room. I say it was weird, but what I really should say is ‘rewarding.’ I don’t know if this is entirely true, but I’m willing to bet there are almost as many records made for the wrong reasons as there are records made for the right ones. With Growth and Squalor, there was no pressure on us. We took our time, we took deep breaths and and we collaborated in a purely organic, honest way, and for that, we are incredibly proud. The end result is like a page out of a yearbook. Not like the ones from high school collecting dust on a bookshelf or in a closet somewhere, but rather an adult version of that. It’s everything I went through over the course of 3 years and Ben made sure it sounded appropriately emotional.
After we received some positive feedback on the songs, we needed to prepare them for a live setting, if only for one weekend to celebrate the release. Lauren and Jordan (who you can hear on “Sorrow”) joined us on vocals/guitar respectively, along with Matt Bent on bass. It was that weekend that solidified for us that this was something worth pursuing. Over the past year, the 5 of us have worked to develop these songs even further, as well as start hashing out ideas for a new record. Ben issued me a seemingly daunting challenge of getting 30 songs together before starting to plan and arrange a new record. Challenge accepted. The number 30 has been reached (actually, 31 I guess) and what we’ve began working on has us so excited for what’s to come. We figure the 1-year anniversary is as good a time as any to tell you we are aiming to head into the studio this September to begin recording the follow up to Growth and Squalor, as well as recording a couple new songs this summer for something special.
Lastly, we want to thank you for all of your support this past year - it means the world to us and we couldn’t have done it without you. Stay close as there is plenty more to come!!
With an endless amount of love and appreciation,
— TJ, Ben, Lauren, Matt and Jordan
This Friday, we will be playing a show at the Oneonta Theatre in Oneonta, NY. While we are always normally excited to go perform, this show in particular means a lot to us. 4 out of the 5 of us went to Oneonta for college, and is where we all met and started playing music together. While Accents didn’t take shape until after leaving the town, we definitely would not all be playing music together today if it wasn’t for our experiences there. This will be the first time any of us are playing a show In Oneonta since moving away, and we are thrilled to be going back. We hope to see some of you there!
47 Chestnut Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Doors at 8pm/Music at 9pm
Tickets on sale now, $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Purchase here: http://oneontatheatre.com/home/tickets/
P.S. We have been writing lots of new music for you all. Cannot wait to share it!
Our song “Divide” was featured in the season 4 finale of MTV’s Teen Mom 2. Check out the rest of the music in last night’s episode on MTV Soundtrack or catch the episode when it re-airs this week. To hear the full song, just visit Deep Elm Digital and enjoy!
Welcome to the new site! (Which will be holding us over until the official new site is finished…) From here on out, we’ll be posting weekly in order to keep you up to date with the progress of new music and other shenanigans of ours.
This past weekend we were lucky enough to have been a part of the MOVE Music Festival in Albany, NY - thanks to those of you who came out to support. We’ll be posting photos and other goodies soon. Our next show is May 10th in Oneonta, NY - hope to see you all there!
In the meantime, we’re diligently working on new music in preparation for a new record. We’re sifting through 30+ songs trying to select the best of the best and we can’t wait to hear where these end up.