Hailing from the same dirty-water city of Aerosmith, Guster and James Taylor, and new indie heroes Ballroom Thieves, Honeysuckle, and Tall Heights; Strangers by Accident are an energetic, authentic indie folk-rock act with an old-school respect for songwriting. Their debut EP, recorded at BearTone Studio in 2016, was released less than two years after Brian Sousa and Amy Wynne Doran met as strangers on a rainy day in Boston, played a tune called “Accident,” and started playing open-mics in Cambridge and Somerville as an acoustic duo.
Brian grew up playing violin and guitar, and started writing songs in college. He played in a few different bands from California to Colorado before the sudden end of a relationship and a return to Boston in 2014 inspired the spare, bare-bones demos that Amy heard online.
Amy was a classically trained vocalist who taught herself to play guitar in high school. In 2015, during the early stages of Strangers by Accident, she was taking medical school prerequisites at Harvard University, when her apartment suddenly burned to the ground. She took this as a sign from the universe, quit school, and made music her focus.
Currently, the two singer-songwriters have transformed from acoustic duo, to powerful live act, adding Justin Bartlett (Hope & Things) on vocals and electric guitar, and Heidi Crampton on drums. The foursome’s sound has also evolved, featuring lyrically-driven, powerful songs with three-part harmonies that veer from suitcase-stomping acoustic to snare-pounding electric, with stops everywhere in between.
As they've toured the country together, the band has stayed true to their influences; Nirvana, Ryan Adams, The Head and the Heart, Deer Tick, and a sampling of strong beer and cheap bourbon. NBC 10 Boston, who labeled SBA a “band to watch,” describes the band’s sound as a combination of “sweet harmonized vocals with rootsy guitars for a sound that is both modern and a throwback, and soulful songwriting.” To that end, vocal harmonies have remained a hallmark of the Strangers’ sound, which Red Line Roots describes as "subtly sweet," and EarToTheGround Music labels “intimate harmonies [that form] a powerful musical punch.”
SBA's second EP, Reckless, also recorded at BearTone, was released in December 2017 to local and national acclaim, with songs like ‘Seattle’ and ‘Portland’ hitting the Boston airwaves on stations like 92.9FM The River. Currently, the band continues to play in support of their sophomore effort, most recently earning a main stage spot at the New England Roots Festival. After being nominated for three New England Music Awards in late 2018, the Strangers are planning a full-length release in 2019, so stay tuned for new music, new shows, and a very Strange 2019.
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