THE BEST BAND YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF
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
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.