TORONTO DUO TANDM ARE ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE ON COVER OF COUNTING CROWS HIT
FEATURED ON COVERAMA COMPILATION ALBUM OUT MAY 20 VIA THE CONFIDENCE EMPERORS
COVERAMA ALBUM RELEASE CELEBRATION AT
THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND IN TORONTO ON MAY 21
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Toronto, ON – May 12, 2022 – Today, rising Toronto duo, TANDM, release an infectious cover of Counting Crows' tune, Accidentally In Love. The antidote for post-lockdown blues and a perfect entry to the spring season, the original was a frequent spin on the stereos of band members, vocalist-guitarist Maxine Beck-Sinderby and drummer Thomas Franklin (listeners might be familiar of its inclusion in the soundtrack for Shrek 2!). With bright, poppy production and catchy riffs, the song is featured on Coverama, a compilation filled with creative, fun and innovative renditions of classic pop and indie rock songs. It will be released via Popguru Sound & Vision's boutique label, The Confidence Emperors, on May 20. The group will perform alongside the project's featured artists and label mates on May 21 at Drake Underground in Toronto for the celebration concert. Listen to Accidentally In Love, and watch the video here.
The stop-motion video was directed and animated by Akash Jones, and written and art directed by Bronte Brazier. The two dolls were named after the band members (Maxine and Thomas) in the video script.The LEGO flowers used are a reference to TANDM's last LEGO music video for their single, Warm Me Up. The video uses strawberry ice cream in reference to the lyric as well as a way to show time passing throughout the song. Akash delivered something fun and fresh to pair with the song's focus on the exciting unknowns of newfound love.
Under The Cover - what inspired the track:
"When Thomas and I were approached by Graham Stairs of Popguru Sound & Vision to cover a song for his Coverama album, we spent hours digging through songs that we had considered covering in the past. The one that stuck out to us the most was a track from Shrek 2, which we had both listened to frequently as children. The song is full of sunshine and happiness, and currently (with COVID-19’s never-ending misery) we decided that Accidentally In Love would make for a very optimistic and hopeful cover that could brighten up our lives as well as others," says the duo. "The initial demo was recorded in our apartment, and because we used the bass line from the demo in the final product, technically the track was recorded in more than one place by more than one person. I recorded the bass line that Thomas played at our apartment, but the rest of the instruments were performed by Thomas and I, and recorded and mixed by Timothy Abraham in Gus van Go’s studio. The track was then mastered by João Carvalho at João Carvalho Mastering."
In the series so far, we’ve heard John Orpheus cover Radiohead’s House Of Cards, Alex Exists’ take on David Essex’s Rock On, Juliana Eye’s stunning rendition of Blondie’s Dreaming, Sam Casey’s powerful interpretation of Etta James' I'd Rather Go Blind, and Canadian icons Martha and the Muffins’ chiming electric 12 string version of The English Beat's Save It For Later. The Coverama album also includes tracks by UK-based alt pop singer-songwriter Chloe Kay; Will Whitwham (leader of The Wilderness of Manitoba) and collaborative project, Ghost Caravan.
While Coverama will see its release on May 20, celebrations will follow the next day (Saturday, May 21) at The Drake Underground in Toronto. John Orpheus, Alex Exists, Sam Casey, Ghost Caravan, TANDM, and Juliana Eye will take to the stage to share their eclectic renditions with live energy. Find all info and tickets here.
Vocalist and guitarist Maxine Beck-Sinderby and drummer Thomas Franklin met serendipitously at a music studio in high school. Maxine’s undeniable musical talent runs in her family: her uncles are Grammy-winning Canadian musician Jason Beck known to the world as Chilly Gonzales and prolific Hollywood film composer Christophe Beck, known for his Emmy-award winning work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and blockbuster films Frozen, Frozen II and Ant-Man. Thomas honed his craft first with international touring jazz drummer Bill Ransom in the US, and then with renowned Toronto musician Anthony Michelli. Both classically and jazz-trained in multiple instruments, Thomas and Maxine started writing and performing their music in Canada and Sweden; and have performed with Swedish guitarist and songwriter Janne Schaffer of ABBA fame.
In early live performances their instrumentation was minimal, and they soon developed a signature sound marked by Maxine’s silky vocals and catchy reverb-filled guitar riffs, driven forward by the energy of Thomas’s drum flourishes. Drawing inspiration from the likes of ALVVAYS, The Black Keys, Foals, Of Monsters and Men, and Daughter, TANDM’s music weaves stories around the complexities of life. From personal pleasures and conflicts to the flaws in society encountered in young adulthood, TANDM’s upbeat sounds, vivid narratives and captivating melodies create a bittersweet and memorable experience for the audience that echoes long after a first listen.
About Popguru Sound & Vision:
Founded in 1998 by A&R maverick Graham Stairs, Popguru Sound & Vision is a fully integrated music company that makes a difference. Its core business is artist management, but, as a diversified company, Popguru is involved in music publishing, two record label imprints and providing music for film, television and other media.
Prior to starting his own company, Stairs was a partner in Intrepid management and did A&R for Intrepid Records, Latitude Records and EMI Music Canada. He was involved with such seminal Canadian artists as Martha and the Muffins, the Rheostatics, National Velvet, Chalk Circle, Damhnait Doyle and Sandbox. He was also behind the soundtrack album for the film, Highway 61, and the Bruce Cockburn tribute album that gave the Barenaked Ladies their first national hit with Lovers In A Dangerous Time. To this day, it is still one of the most played songs on Canadian radio. More recently, Stairs did A&R for True North Records where he signed Catherine MacLellan, Hunter Valentine and Australian band, the Audreys.
The strength of any company is its artists and repertoire. Popguru subscribes to the philosophy of building a community and long-term careers for its artists. The company’s mandate is to develop content for the Canadian and international marketplaces. The business model uses diversification as a strategy to create and monetize content for the existing and next generation uses of music. Since reactivating Popguru in 2009, Stairs has signed Martha and the Muffins, Odario, Grand Analog, the Wilderness of Manitoba, John Orpheus, Ghost Caravan, producer/songwriter, Mike Schlosser, and Sam Casey for management. Stairs’ vision of the interdependencies between record labels, music publishers, management companies and licensing agencies is the reason that Popguru organizes all of them within the same company. This is Popguru’s response to the needs of artists today and into the future.