Akron/Family | Live ReviewExcerpt from review of montreal pop festival review October 9 '06
I know I wasn't completely sold on Meek Warrior, but make no mistake about it: this Brooklyn foursome is putting on the best live act in the world right now. Yes, I realize the implications of what I just said, but having seen them twice now this year, I feel confident in my analysis.
There's really nothing I can say that properly captures the feeling of unity between band and audience that occurs at Akron/Family's shows. The band has an essence about them that can get even the most jaded hipster to uncross their arms, and dance to Michael Jackson playing on the sound system, or participating in the wave. The band threw their hearts and souls into a two-and-a-half hour set, with highlights including a twenty-minute rendition of "Raising the Sparks" with the members of Beirut and Born Ruffians, and audience members being invited onto the stage for an interpretive dance session during "The Rider (Dolphin Song)." The band also played a ton of new material that's expected to be on their next album this coming spring. From what I heard, I can tell you that this is going to be an absolutely mind-blowing release. I couldn't have asked for a better way to finish my Pop Montreal experience. We need more bands like these two in the world. This is what music should be about.