Akron/Family play Hare & Hounds 22nd July
It was a century ago when I first saw Akron/Family perform, in the tiny back room of a bar in Brooklyn that held perhaps 20 people. Cables and extension cords laced through their legs, they proffered a sort of delicate, improvisational experimentalism, laced with occasional rock grooves, but most extraordinarily, often punctuated with beautiful 4 part harmonies…Absolutely thrilling, stunning, and great fun, too.
Much time has passed, and we find them rocking (still rocking) but now in a skittering kaleidoscope. The shards of music styles and influences flung through the speakers from all directions, congealing for a second, then just as quickly dissolving into something new and unexpected. They’re amphetamine crazed jugglers of sound and texture, but there’s always those vocals, rooting the thing in a deep and satisfying place. A conflation of orchestrated Jazz, Prog Psych, R&B and devotional mantras.
“Organic and jubilant, it successfully weaves psych, world, rock, and folk traditions into something new and endlessly compelling.” – Pichfork
Check out the video for ‘Until The Morning’ below: