Akron/Family, formed in 2002, is a fascinating mesh of experimental and folk rock with no definable lead musician or vocalist. Each of the band’s artists are multitalented and trade-off roles when on stage. Their self-titled debut album is stocked full of improvisation and even features sounds of a creaking chair and claps of thunder.
Their 2013 (and seventh) album, Sub Verses, feels restless and jarring, but comes together almost seamlessly as a collection of thoughtful tracks that are proving to be anthems for this summer. Giving off the impression of being a bit of a musical experiment, mixed with heavy-handed riffs and pinging notes off a synthesizer, something about Sub Verses brings you back to listen to more. Akron/Family’s iconic three-piece harmonies are as killer as ever, modestly channeling some Justin Vernon swag.
The boys are here to impress and impress is just what they’re doing.