Life on the road: There’s no greater rush—and no better way to find out what makes musicians tick.
Designed to empower and foster creativity, the Fender Accelerator Tour explores real-life road tales as told by emerging artists. It’s an up-close-and-personal glimpse at the rigors of touring— from connecting with fans to band communication, and how individual personalities can make or break that chemistry.
Arming each artist with road-ready Fender gear and a GoPro-equipped tour van, Fender follows these artists on whirlwind concert tours as they see what it takes to truly “make it” on the road. From the trials and tribulations to the flashes of inspiration, every moment is documented and shared—as it happens, by the bands.
This is how tour life plays into the creative process—and how great things can come from it.
THE LINE UP
Throw elements of punk, blues and grunge into a roiling cauldron, and somewhere along the way you’ll find the Glendale, Calif., duo the Bots. Bothers Mikaiah (vocals/guitar/bass) and Anaiah (drums) Lei recorded their first album when they were 15 and 12, respectively, and since then have earned widespread respect for their gritty rock. Read More
Coasts originally met at university in Bath, England, but the band didn’t really begin until the quartet moved to Bristol after school. Spending a summer writing material, Coasts made their first live performance in 2012, garnering plenty of buzz with their tropical-tinged pop that calls to mind the beaches of Southern California. Read More
Guitarist/singer Lindsey Troy met drummer Julie Edwards in an unassuming San Fernando, Calif., crocheting class, and after a few jam sessions, Deap Vally was born. The duo’s greasy blues riff and primal percussion provide a perfect foundation for Troy’s howl to cut through, marking an explosive sound that can blow the roof off any venue. Read More
A true fighter, Josh Dorr initially thought he was going to pursue a career in sports before injuries and a chance meeting with country musician Chancey Williams turned him onto an internship at a record label in Nashville in 2010. In 2012, however, Dorr’s apartment caught fire, destroying much of his belongings. Read More
NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927
Former Rilo Kiley guitarist Blake Sennett and singer Jarrod Gorbel – formerly of the Honorary Title – got together to write songs to flex their creative muscles, but eventually those tunes turned into Night Terrors of 1927. The Los Angeles-based duo has built quite the following through national tours and festival gigs, winning audiences with their mesmerizing synth pop and cathartic live performances. Read More
Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears came together as Priory with a shared dedication to music, even giving up their day jobs to build their own studio from the ground up to pursue their dream. Their unique mix of electronic beats, sweet harmonized vocals and poppy guitar riffs have seen that dream come to fruition, led by the ebullient power of EP Weekend that took the world by storm in 2014. Read More
Even at the young age of 19, Matthew Curry has taken the music world by storm with his triple-threat talents of tight songwriting, fiery fretwork and dynamic vocals. Curry’s soulful tone has earned rave reviews, even drawing notice from guitar heavyweights like Peter Frampton and the Doobie Brothers, with whom he has shared a stage. Read More
A five-piece band hailing from Bingley, West Yorkshire, Marmozets formed in 2007 at high school. The two sets of siblings (singer Becca MacIntyre, guitarist Sam MacIntyre and drummer Josh MacIntyre teamed with guitarist Jack Bottomley and bassist Will Bottomly) quickly made a name for themselves with raucous live shows and their aggressive alt-rock. Read More
Hailing from New Jersey, the indie-rock band Real Estate consists of former Titus Andronicus member Martin Courtney (vocals/guitar), Alex Bleeker (bass), Matthew Mondanile (guitar), Jackson Pollis (drums) and Matt Kallman (keyboards). With three albums under their belt, Real Estate has perfected a dreamy brand of lo-fi pop, as jangly guitars and Courtney’s wistful voice mark a hazy, suburban style all their own. Read More
Nashville-based guitar-wielding duo Striking Matches create an unexpected and unique sound that defies easy categorization. Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis make up a two-piece that occupy that sweet spot at the intersection of country, rock and blues, where all of the elements blend to form an authentically raw and rootsy sound that has a timeless and international appeal. Read More
Van Pierszalowski, the creative force behind Waters, put together his current project in 2011, after his former band, Port O’Brien, broke up. Based out of San Francisco, Waters’ music is full of swelling pop hooks and grunge-influenced guitars, giving Pierszalowski’s latest tunes a modern feel with a little vintage grit. Read More