The Sexy Accident

The Sexy Accident

BandAlternativeRock

"Driven by catchy melodies and smart, real-life lyric-writing." "Forceful, even fiery power-pop."

Biography

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 a baseball game with iconic producer Steve Albini. The Sexy Accident happens to be just such a band. And Jesse Kates, the band’s stalwart leader, founder, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, likes it that way. His two goals: make great music and make it music that anyone would want to sing along to.

Making quality pop music isn’t always easy, as Kates has found out. 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 now finally 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 having to be more restrained at times, can count for more 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.

Lyrics

My girl

Written By: Jesse Kates

my girl
doesn't watch tv
'less it's a movie
by the Cohen brothers

my girl
likes to paint and dance
wouldn't give a glance
to no dudes in sports bars

my girl
is at home asleep
'cuz she's gotta keep
Toby blowin' bubbles

my girl
doesn't mind a bit
puts up with my shit
when I get in trouble

she's almost everything I need
forgives me all of my misdeeds
how did I land with all the world?
how come I get to call her

my girl
sure knows how to cook
not just by the book
likes to make me wobble

my girl
knows just what she needs
'specially when she reads
vampire romance novels

she's almost everything I need
forgives me all of my misdeeds
how did I land with all the world?
how come I get to call her

Flirting with disaster

Written By: Jesse Kates

you make my mouth water
you make my heart flutter

in fact whatever you wear is too much
and I get jealous of things that you touch

sometimes you make it real hard when I walk
can't get a grip on myself when you talk

I want to unbutton
reveal your bellybutton

look I keep telling myself "we're just friends"
but this rush to the head never ends

and when you tell me about other guys
I try to keep the despair from my eyes

I know I'm flirting with disaster
but when you're near my heart beats faster

I hope these days will never end
I hope you'll always be my friend

sometimes I think you know
and so I take it slow

but it's impossible to pull the breaks
when just a minute with you's all it takes

to get me dreaming again of your mouth
and all the things I would do further south

I know I'm flirting with disaster
but when you're near my heart beats faster

I hope these days will never end
I hope you'll always be my friend

I Tried Again

Written By: Jesse Kates

I tried again
to reach out a hand to you
but the more that I felt
the less that I held
until I reached right through you

I tried again
to stock up my world with you
but the more that I kept
the greater the debt
until all I owed was you

I tried again
to speed far away with you
but then as we ran
I lost who I am
and soon I was gone to you

and I believe that we receive
the sum of all that we put in
and that suggests we place our bets
somewhere safe still and serene
but I get bored if I'm not adored
and so I'm looking for a mess
and you're the one I like the best

I tried again
to sever all ties to you
but even as I packed
I knew I'd be back
'cuz I still belong to you

and I believe that we receive
the sum of all that we put in
and that suggests we place our bets
somewhere safe still and serene
but I get bored if I'm not adored
and so I'm looking for a mess
and you're the one I like the best

Buy Me Out

Written By: Jesse Kates

I don't have time
to hear your assessment
the mission's planned
the decks are manned
I've got their investment

I've got no ace
it so doesn't matter
I hold full sway
while they're away
I pilfer and flatter

buy me out
buy me out
I've milked it

while you bleed
I count up my winnings
it's safe to say
I'll choose to play
far less than nine innings

is something wrong?
your voice is so distant
a grinding halt?
it's not my fault
just "can" my assistant

buy me out
buy me out
I've milked it

while you are dying I'll fly away
while you are dying I'll fly away

if you can't heed the warning signs
the fault clearly isn't mine

Discography

Kinda Like Fireworks (2008)
Tourism (2006)
Mantoloking (2009)

Set List

A typical setlist (45 minutes or so)

Baby it's not cheating
Dancing with my friends
Hey you
Ashley Christian
My girl
Callisto
Gardener, Gibbet, Misery
Stall
Undefeated Champion of the Arcade
Morning drive
Flirting with disaster
Lonely days
Skies