Artist of the Week: Akron/Family
Many of today’s musicians fall into one of two categories: they’re either trying to re-create sounds from our past, or pushing the envelope to create sounds yet-to-come. Not one to be boxed into a title, today’s Artist of the Week does both tasks simultaneously.
Mixing elements of ’60s rock, psychadelia and experimental tones/textures with folk elements, Akron/Family “manage to make even the most familiar refrains– like the sing-the-vowels opening of “A AAA O A WAY”– sound deeply strange” — after all, All Music Guide does describe their style of music as “freak folk”. All three members of the band play several instruments and sing, redefining the traditional rock’n’roll trio and allowing them to create an eclectic sound that never ceases to sound both classic and futuristic at the same time.
Akron/Family released their latest album, ‘Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT,’ this week in North America, and their tour hits Canada over the next few weeks, with dates in Montreal (Feb. 19), Toronto (Feb. 20) and Vancouver (March 25) — a definite do-not-miss experience for music fans looking for something undeniably unique.
“Gawky and deeply enjoyable”
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“…Akron/Family II really captures a feeling of happiness and at the same time melancholy, and that’s what makes it beautiful: those two feelings at the same time.”
— Dusted Magazine
“[Akron/Family II] plays like a sci-fi novel: Listen long enough and you’ll hear volcanoes, old trains, purple lights, and Detroit summer, all tangled up with snippets of found sound and goofy lyrics about worms. There are plenty of global influences here, from Brazilian fuzz to Japanese noise, but Akron/Family’s always been most interested in repurposing ancient American folk music, and they pull from Harry Smith’s famed Anthology of American Folk Music as much as anything else…Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNTis a curious collage, but its eclecticism ends up being one of its greatest assets. Organic and jubilant, it successfully weaves psych, world, rock, and folk traditions into something new and endlessly compelling.”