Accordion in modern rock music?
#1
Hello, fellow accordionists!
I was wondering if you guys know any new rock or pop artists that incorporate the accordion into their music?

Something like "They Might Be Giants" but younger. I'm just curious if there are any young acts out there. Do kids these days even know what an accordion is?! Big Grin
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I came across this odd Swedish rock band, never heard of them before but sound promising enough.
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Domino Majestic:
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Any suggestions?
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#2
Gogol Bordello and Flogging Molly are the only ones I can think of, though not exactly that young anymore, but there are a few others I'm sure..

Wintergaten and Haiku Salut are a couple of interesting youngish bands though not rock..
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#3
latest that I can think of is Kongos
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#5
<QUOTE author="fjsys"><s>
fjsys Wrote:latest that I can think of is Kongos
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Cool--Sounds similar to the accordion on Paul Simon's Graceland album.
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#6
Beirut is an American band from Santa Fe who have toured in the UK. They are more trumpet focused but also use accordion. It is most prominent on the track Mount Wroclai <URL url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeDWCKd1scA">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeDWCKd1scA</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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#7
Nirvana in Jesus don't want me for a sunbeam acoustic

Trying to compete for volume in a basement against electric guitars is a fantasy in feedback. the accordion player often can not even hear themselves. Even in profesional venues I have heard gogol Bordello twice in different venues and I could not hear the accordion either time. you can buy a decent electric guitar for 150 bucks and a solid state amp for another say 300 bucks - steep for most families I know but doable - now price a used Roloand - most teenagers are out of the game before it even starts.
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<QUOTE author="Russ"><s>
Russ Wrote:Nirvana in Jesus don't want me for a sunbeam acoustic
<B><s><URL url="http://www.linkonardo.com/en/accordion/d3674/krist-novoselic-from-nirvana-accordion-obsession.html"><s>Krist Novoselic from Nirvana - Accordion Obsession (video)</URL></B>
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#9
Accordion in rock music = my favourite. Will weigh in on this topic when I find some time!
32 bass Weltmeister PA, 120 bass Voskhod PA (Soviet, it's in Estonia), 120 bass Hohner Polyphonic 400 PA
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#10
Don't know about how modern our music is. I use an accordion in a swing / rock a billiy sort of original band that also that will do covers. Have lots of fun using a box with 2 and 3 reed muset. Use it a lot like a hammon. I use a bass amp with a couple of tweeters in the box. Gives me that low punch that a gutiar won't. My big probelm is with feed back. Still we get a lot of looks. Most people say never thought it would work but it does. Don't know why more people don' try it. Keep posting I like the ideas.
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#11
<B><s><URL url="http://www.linkonardo.com/en/accordion/d3412/indie-rock-band-with-accordion-iva-nova-video.html"><s>Indie Rock Band With Accordion: Iva Nova (video)</URL></B>
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#12
<QUOTE author="fjsys"><s>
fjsys Wrote:latest that I can think of is Kongos
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Brilliant! Thank you!
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#13
<QUOTE author="Puxto"><s>
Puxto Wrote:Gogol Bordello and Flogging Molly are the only ones I can think of, though not exactly that young anymore, but there are a few others I'm sure..

Wintergaten and Haiku Salut are a couple of interesting youngish bands though not rock..

Believe or not, I've actually seen Wintergatan live!
I have to check out Haiku Salut as well.
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#15
Anyone know good folk punk? I only know The Pogues and 44 Leningrad (and of course the obvious ones like Flogging Molly and Dropkicks etc). Blood or Whiskey are another band but they dont use accordion. If you havent heard 44 Leningrad, listen!

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#16
Not being an expert in modern rock music, I asked the kids (now 37 and 39). This was their suggestion :-
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Charlie Marshall should get in touch with them and sell some bellows seal. These boys are fit.
Garth
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#17
<B><s><URL url="http://www.linkonardo.com/en/accordion/d5062/yegor-zabelov-trio-accordion-folk-rock-video.html"><s>Yegor Zabelov Trio - Accordion Folk Rock (video)</URL></B>
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#18
Katzenjammer?

Accordions feature in some tracks, but even where they don't it's worth a listen.
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#19
"Kids these days" are less prejudiced against the accordion than old-fogies from my generation or earlier. Generally they think it's cool because it's somewhat unusual.

Here's a few rockers.

Vancouver (Canada)'s local punk-fun faves, The Plodes: <URL url="http://theplodes.bandcamp.com/track/now-im-really-tiny-and-i-live-in-a-jar-2"><LINK_TEXT text="http://theplodes.bandcamp.com/track/now ... in-a-jar-2">http://theplodes.bandcamp.com/track/now-im-really-tiny-and-i-live-in-a-jar-2</LINK_TEXT></URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

David Eugene Edwards brought out the chemnitzer concertina with 16 Horse Power and Wovenhand: <URL url="http://www.wovenhand.com/">http://www.wovenhand.com/</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; His "American Wheeze" in front of a stadium crowd is pretty awesome: <URL url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THlgU-8dMYg">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THlgU-8dMYg</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I love the Japanese band BU☆LI. Totally fun. It's very hard to find their music though if you don't read Japanese: <URL url="https://myspace.com/buli1993/music/songs">https://myspace.com/buli1993/music/songs</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

El Gran Silencio from Monterrey, Mexico is the best "rock en Español" band with accordion I know of: <URL url="http://www.karmafilms.es/html/elgransilencio.html">http://www.karmafilms.es/html/elgransilencio.html</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Calle 13 is a reggaeton/hip-hop etc band from Puerto Rico. One of their guys plays 20+ instruments including accordion sometimes. Action packed. <URL url="http://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/calle-13-cumbia-de-los-aburridos-a-really-weird-funny-and-probably-inappropriate-video/"><LINK_TEXT text="http://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/ ... ate-video/">http://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/calle-13-cumbia-de-los-aburridos-a-really-weird-funny-and-probably-inappropriate-video/</LINK_TEXT></URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Yes, Gogol Bordello.

I wish Iva Nova was as well known as Gogol Bordello so they would tour all the way from Russia to the west coast of Canada. <URL url="http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n_ideas/article/folk-punk-group-iva-nova-return-after-four-years/507115.html"><LINK_TEXT text="http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n_id ... 07115.html">http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n_ideas/article/folk-punk-group-iva-nova-return-after-four-years/507115.html</LINK_TEXT></URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Decemberists occasionally reach rock band energy levels, though Jenny Conlee then usually plays Hammond. They did have a #1 album with accordion, as has Kongos and Weird Al for the first time. When was the last time you could name three recent #1 Billboard accordion albums? This accordion thing must really be catching on. We'll have to keep our eye on it.

Calexico from Tucson, Arizona are known to squeeze. <URL url="http://www.casadecalexico.com">http://www.casadecalexico.com</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Magnetic Fields have Daniel Handler dropping in on accordion: <URL url="http://www.houseoftomorrow.com/">http://www.houseoftomorrow.com/</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Sigur Ros has used it too: <URL url="http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk">http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It kind of goes on and on, with bands scattered around the globe using the instrument in different ways.

There's been a number of huge international pop hits in the last couple of years with accordion riffs thrown in too. Most are dance or electronic compositions and not what I would call regular bands that have an accordion player. Still, cool.

We try to play a lot of these on the Accordion Noir radio show every week (plug; sorry about that). <URL url="http://www.coopradio.org/content/accordion-noir">http://www.coopradio.org/content/accordion-noir</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Bruce Triggs
Accordion Noir Radio
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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#20
(25-12-2014, 11:03 PM)AccordionUprising Wrote: "Kids these days" are less prejudiced against the accordion than old-fogies from my generation or earlier. Generally they think it's cool because it's somewhat unusual.

Here's a few rockers.

Vancouver (Canada)'s local punk-fun faves, The Plodes: <URL url="http://theplodes.bandcamp.com/track/now-im-really-tiny-and-i-live-in-a-jar-2"><LINK_TEXT text="http://theplodes.bandcamp.com/track/now ... in-a-jar-2">http://theplodes.bandcamp.com/track/now-im-really-tiny-and-i-live-in-a-jar-2</LINK_TEXT></URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

David Eugene Edwards brought out the chemnitzer concertina with 16 Horse Power and Wovenhand: <URL url="http://www.wovenhand.com/">http://www.wovenhand.com/</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;  His "American Wheeze" in front of a stadium crowd is pretty awesome: <URL url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THlgU-8dMYg">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THlgU-8dMYg</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I love the Japanese band BU☆LI. Totally fun. It's very hard to find their music though if you don't read Japanese: <URL url="https://myspace.com/buli1993/music/songs">https://myspace.com/buli1993/music/songs</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

El Gran Silencio from Monterrey, Mexico is the best "rock en Español" band with accordion I know of: <URL url="http://www.karmafilms.es/html/elgransilencio.html">http://www.karmafilms.es/html/elgransilencio.html</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Calle 13 is a reggaeton/hip-hop etc band from Puerto Rico. One of their guys plays 20+ instruments including accordion sometimes. Action packed. <URL url="http://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/calle-13-cumbia-de-los-aburridos-a-really-weird-funny-and-probably-inappropriate-video/"><LINK_TEXT text="http://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/ ... ate-video/">http://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/calle-13-cumbia-de-los-aburridos-a-really-weird-funny-and-probably-inappropriate-video/</LINK_TEXT></URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Yes, Gogol Bordello.

I wish Iva Nova was as well known as Gogol Bordello so they would tour all the way from Russia to the west coast of Canada. <URL url="http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n_ideas/article/folk-punk-group-iva-nova-return-after-four-years/507115.html"><LINK_TEXT text="http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n_id ... 07115.html">http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n_ideas/article/folk-punk-group-iva-nova-return-after-four-years/507115.html</LINK_TEXT></URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Decemberists occasionally reach rock band energy levels, though Jenny Conlee then usually plays Hammond. They did have a #1 album with accordion, as has Kongos and Weird Al for the first time. When was the last time you could name three recent #1 Billboard accordion albums? This accordion thing must really be catching on. We'll have to keep our eye on it.

Calexico from Tucson, Arizona are known to squeeze. <URL url="http://www.casadecalexico.com">http://www.casadecalexico.com</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Magnetic Fields have Daniel Handler dropping in on accordion: <URL url="http://www.houseoftomorrow.com/">http://www.houseoftomorrow.com/</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Sigur Ros has used it too: <URL url="http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk">http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It kind of goes on and on, with bands scattered around the globe using the instrument in different ways.

There's been a number of huge international pop hits in the last couple of years with accordion riffs thrown in too. Most are dance or electronic compositions and not what I would call regular bands that have an accordion player. Still, cool.

We try to play a lot of these on the Accordion Noir radio show every week (plug; sorry about that). <URL url="http://www.coopradio.org/content/accordion-noir">http://www.coopradio.org/content/accordion-noir</URL>" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Bruce, maybe you mentioned this band The Dreadnoughts who are from your hometown, but this is one of my favorite lyrics ever:

https://youtu.be/OGe9EfLh-ug
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