Strangers by Accident are an iridescent, indefinable yet rock-solid force in the Boston-area music scene. Since 2016, the band has released two EPs (Strangers by Accident, 2016, and Reckless, 2017) that range from intricate acoustic guitars set behind intimate harmonies, to rootsy, melodic folk-rock with flashes of electric blues. The band has seen several iterations, but the core of the songwriting, performing, and harmonies has always belonged to Brian Sousa and Amy Wyn Doran, who met randomly on Craigslist in late 2014.
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.
The two strangers began by playing open mics together in the Cambridge / Somerville area, then moved on to venues such as the Middle East Downstairs, and began touring throughout the country. They've survived apartment fires, changed hometowns, and seen members come and go; but their goal remains: to create unique, original music. SBA has been featured on NBC 10 Boston as a "band to watch," and shared sold out stages with award winning Jeremy Loops and critically acclaimed Saint Sister, in addition to Lindsay Lou and Ward Hayden and the Outliers. Red Line Roots, Ear to the Ground Music, The Deli, Independent Clauses, and other outlets have dug the Strangers' sound, and the band has seen plays on 92.5FM The River and other FM stations from Boston to Seattle. They were also nominated for three New England Music Awards.
Along the way, SBA found their sound. A mix of Houndmouth's harmonic soul and early Head and the Heart's harmony-rich songwriting, Sousa and Doran's voices intertwine to tell earnest, lyrical stories, amid jangly acoustic / electric guitars, thumping bass, and talented drummer Heidi Crampton's dynamic stick work.
In 2019, SBA received an Iguana Fund Grant from Club Passim to make a full-length album, and their focus is on creating a work of art that resonates. In the meantime, their new single 'Clean' dropped July 9th, premiered by Music Injection in Australia, and labeled "everything a folk-rock aficionado could ask for" by The Deli Magazine.
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