The multi-talented Grand Rapids-based instrumentalist plans to focus on his recording studio, solo projects and the new Moss Manor trio. Learn more at Local Spins.
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After a nearly nine-year run with the acclaimed band in the studio and on the road, drummer Michael Dause has left popular Traverse City alt-folk powerhouse The Accidentals to pursue solo projects, work with the Moss Manor super-group and manage his new recording business.
“Playing with The Accidentals has been an extraordinary adventure for which I will always be grateful,” Dause wrote Thursday in a Facebook post. “Sav (Buist) and Katie (Larson), you are truly talented musicians and I wish you both the best.”
Dause, 28, indicated he’s now focusing attention on his new Grand Rapids recording studio, TreeTone Studios, while continuing to make music with Moss Manor (a band that also features Dan Rickabus of The Crane Wives and Earthwork Music founder Seth Bernard), Shantyland (a duo with singer-songwriter Ben Traverse) and his own Treeskin project.
“I am excited to expand my studio services and continue to work with many talented artists in the West Michigan community and beyond,” added Dause, who’s long devoted attention to lush studio recordings and various side projects.
Buist acknowledged that Dause has been “keeping pretty busy in Grand Rapids” and hasn’t hankered to get back on the road.
“We have so many great memories, eight years of traveling together. It’s been an indescribable experience,” Buist said. “We love him like a brother and we only want what allows him to be truly content. So we’re 100 percent behind his decision to be home and work on his studio and his solo projects.”
A NEW DRUMMER TO JOIN THE ACCIDENTALS FOR SUMMER TOURING
Detroit multi-instrumentalist Katelynn Corll, who recently accompanied The Accidentals to Austin for performances at South By Southwest, will step in as the band’s new drummer, with their summer tour schedule kicking off June 2 at The Capitol Theatre in Flint.
“She is incredible, she’s excited to tour and we’re excited to bring her out this summer and introduce her to our incredible base of music lovers,” Buist said. “Patty PerShayla is also playing several shows with us this summer and we’ve got a couple of huge announcements coming.”
Corll has performed with Blood and Wine, Chloe Moriondo and Wolf & The Crane, as well as fronting her own projects.
Dause – whose energy, inventiveness and buoyant stage presence have captivated audiences – didn’t immediately respond to Local Spins questions about his departure from The Accidentals, but told the publication in January that he’s excited about the future of Moss Manor and its mix of folk, indie-rock and cosmic jazz.
“It’s good to have an outlet where you can throw things at a wall,” he said of the band’s debut album, released in February. “It was just so much fun to create.”
On Facebook, Larson described Dause as an “amazing human” and encouraged fans to check out Moss Manor.
“Looking forward to following the many creative and cool projects of Michael Dause,” she wrote. “He’s been a studio nerd since we first met and finally has his own recording studio in Grand Rapids.”
Buist also gave a shout-out on Facebook: “Huge love to Michael Dause for the past eight years of incredible memories and adventures. Endlessly proud of you, my friend.”
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