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ReportThe Sexy AccidentThe Sexy Accident

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  • Founded: January 2007
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America
  • Label: independant


  • Chad Toney

It takes a special breed of rock band to be equally comfortable playing a Father's Day show for some boisterous two-year-olds and sharing pizza and TV baseball with iconic producer Steve Albini. The Sexy Accident happens to be such a band. And Jesse Kates, the band's stalwart leader, founder, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, likes it that way. His goal: make irresistible, genuine pop music of brains and heart. Songs that music dorks, toddlers and lovers of the written word can all appreciate, if for different reasons.

Making quality pop music isn't always easy. Over the past six years, this Kansas City, Missouri-based band has struggled to survive a tough musical landscape and the departure of various band members (including, by odd coincidence, two bassists in a row named Pat who each left for Florida). Kates, with his carefully-crafted songs, has been the lone constant, always looking for an audience and a chance to connect. His persistence is paying off with a solid line-up, a well-received third full-length, and big plans for 2010.

The current incarnation of The Sexy Accident began in 2007 when drummer Daniel Torrence joined the group. The 2008 addition of Chad Toney as a second guitarist filled out and firmed up the band's sound, which has drawn comparisons to Weezer, Nada Surf, Teenage Fanclub, Guided by Voices, Fountains of Wayne and Elvis Costello. After the departure of the second Pat in 2009, Kates found bassist Jonathon Smith and decided to add a female element, bringing Camry Ivory on board to contribute vocals and piano. With no weak links, Kates is excited by the band's ever-widening range of potential, and the fact that each part, though individually restrained, can combine into a powerful whole as they strive to create entertaining and sophisticated pop perfection.

In anticipation of a Midwest/East Coast tour in June 2010, the band is recording a new three song EP inspired by everything from Motown to the "Savage Love" advice column. Kates hopes to reach an audience more accustomed to downloading a few tracks at a time than listening through an entire record. He also wants to build on the success of the last album, Mantoloking, which was recorded and produced by Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Soundgarden, The Wedding Present) at Black Lodge Recording. The album saw college radio airplay and received positive reviews that focused on Kates' storytelling, at turns thoughtful and sarcastic, and the music's ability to be both accessible and mature.

After an eventful 2009, during which they were listed in The Onion's annual "Year in Band Names," The Sexy Accident is looking forward to what the future holds as they continue to come into their own. Kates knows the band's hard work will be rewarded, even if by nothing else than people in a club singing along to his songs. Because the songs are smart and catchy. And that's no accident.


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