Akron / Family

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: freak folk new weird america folk experimental new york '00s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s
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Although tangentially associated with the US ‘freak folk’ movement, the Brooklyn, New York City-based Akron/Family combines acoustic-orientated ballads, psychedelic freakouts, post rock jams, and free-form storms of sound to create something akin to a twenty-first century Grateful Dead. (Their communal peace/love vibe and hirsute qualities do not hurt in this respect either). Formed in 2002 by Seth Olinsky (vocals/guitar), Miles Seaton (vocals/bass), Ryan Vanderhoof (vocals/guitar) and Dana Janssen (vocals/drums), the quartet released their self-titled debut on erstwhile Swans frontman Michael Gira’s Young God label in 2005. It sported a sound centered on complex vocal harmonies, whisper-to-a-scream dynamics, and a balance between carefully crafted composition and near-telepathic group improvisation. Onstage was where the band’s music truly came to life, their energetic, interactive approach to performance making each show feel more like a...

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