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THE BEST BAND YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF

Metro (NYC | Weekend, March 11-13, 2005

When folk gets experimental

In the famously temperamental rock 'n' roll community- aworld of high bandmember turnover, label shake-ups and cat fights over missing eye liner( and that's the men) - its nice to see four pleasant, close-knit guys get up on stage and play really interesting music. It's also really freaking wierd. But, then again, weird is what Akron/Family does best. Like many starry-eyed rockers who move to the city from rural America, Akron/Family's band members Miles Seaton(bass), Dana Janssen(drums) and Seth Olinsky(guitar) found themselves living in a cramped apartment in Brooklyn. Instead of immersing themselves in the scene, they grew inexplicably long beards and recorded enough music for three albums, developing what they like to refer to as their "religion" or "sonic world view". The finished product from this happy, fun time in musical cultville is their impressive first, self-titled full-length album. Deeper and deeper into the album, the group's breathtaking folk music morphs into experimental noise rock. They make this transition so seamlessly that one almost doesn't realize it's happening. It's like following a path of bread and ending up with steak. Keep in mind that Akron/Family's soundscapes are very unique, so if you're looking for straigh-up pop songs this group isn't for you.
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