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Accordions

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Location:Indianapolis, Indiana
Year(s):2008 - 2012
Categorized as:Folk / Acoustic, Americana, Experimental, Indie Rock
Members:Benjamin Bernthal, Joseph Kilbourn, Ben Leslie, Paul Cobb, David Strother, Adam Gross, and Kipp Normand.
Other contributors: Steve Trowbridge, Geoff Davis, Andrew Romeril, and Alisha Garrison
Website:www.accordions.bandcamp.com
Total Request:6897 (2781 downloads, 4116 plays)
Total Request:6897 (2781 downloads, 4116 plays)
About:

Benjamin Bernthal is a poet and a song writer. As the front man for the band Accordions, Bernthal indulges his love for verbal imagery and combines it with melodies that get into your head and make themselves at home.

Collaboration is at the heart of Accordions method. Friends from other bands often join in, making no two performances the same and making each recording into a celebration. Accordions believe their music comes from many places: discovering a way of playing an old forgotten instrument, passionately expressing age-old truths through these newly discovered means, and most of all a sort of gritty sincerity that permeates the songs.


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With support from: Arts Council and the City of Indianapolis

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618 requests

 2011, self-released,

 The Moon at Half-Mast is Accordions' second and final full-length album. It was recorded at Butler University's studios from November 2010 to May 2011.

The Moon at Half-Mast was self-released in a limited run of only 300 copies, in support of Accordions' European tour in the summer of 2011. The album was illustrated by the talented Sara Drake.

Shortly after its release, Accordions lost an integral part of the group, bassist Paul Cobb, to an accidental death. Accordions performed a handful of shows in support of Paul's posthumously released 7", Hammer Screwdriver's 'Bad Handshake,' but ultimately decided to disband.

The album's liner notes begin with this epigram from poet Philip Appleman:

"A man who was immortal

would be as ugly

as a plastic flower."

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    Auld Lang Syne
     
     
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    Half-Asleep on Sunday
     
     
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    Crickets
     
     
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    The Death of the Moth
     
     
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    Hawks
     
     
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    At Her Parents' House
     
     
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    Woods
     
     
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    If I Tell You I Love You
     
     
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    Then You Will Know It Is
     
     
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    Mt. St. Helens
     
     
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    Wooden Chair
     
     

 
 
1862 requests

 2010, self-released under Timber County Records

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    Cape Neddick
     
     
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    Earthworms
     
     
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    History Books
     
     
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    Robert L Sinclaire
     
     
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    Rose's Theme
     
     
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    Paper Horses
     
     
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    For Emily
     
     
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    Junkyard
     
     
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    And When There Was No Sea Left, We Took to the Skies
     
     
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    I Sailed with Magellan
     
     

 
 
378 requests

 2008, self-released,

 Early recordings from the band's first months together in the summer and fall of 2008. Yours to keep!

Benjamin Bernthal - Autoharp, piano, ukulele, saw, percussion, vocals

Joseph Kilbourn - Guitar, mandolin

Ben Leslie - Trumpet

Alisha Garrison - Voice, bells

Adam Gross - guitar

Steve Trowbridge - Drum set, banjo, slide whistle

with Nate Hamilton - Euphonium

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    Cape Neddick Demo
     
     
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    The Account of a Proud Mother
     
     
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    Banjo and Saw duet
     
     
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    Magellan Demo
     
     
 
 
  • Happened upon this band through this site.... lovin it.
    by Leila on Jun 26, 2011
  • How can I find out where you're performing?
    by Peg on Sep 18, 2010
  • I utterly love this band, saw them play a live rooftop show and it was the most amazing musical experience i have ever had. Ben's voice shoots straight for your emotion and truly lets you feel. I NEED MORE OF THIS BAND. If you guys are reading this COME BACK TO PITTSBURGH, PA. I would love to see you again.
    by Ferg on Mar 28, 2010
  • They are about the most honest music experience out there. Its all about the poetry of lyrics and music, so unlike any other bands right now. Other lead singers twitch or twist like a Mick Jagger bastard baby, but Ben sings from the soul, as if he was not performing, but telling you how it happened from his soul. This band is all about the art.
    by fan #1 on Feb 25, 2010
  • Speaking of love..
    I am head over heels for this band.
    by Jessica J. on Feb 11, 2010
  • I didn't really believe in love until I saw Accordions.

    Now it's all I believe in.

    :-/

    -JAK
    by Justin Anthony Knapp on Feb 04, 2010

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