Akron/Family is known for their uncanny ability to be prolific while never sacrificing creativity or sincerity. They’ve released an album every year for the past couple years, and in my opinion every album has evolved in surprising – but always rewarding – ways. I think their unparalleled output can be credited to, amongst other things, a paradoxical combination of sheer childlike joy and a disciplined, professional work ethic. But they achieve both effortlessly, without pretension, and without self-consciousness.
These are musicians doing what they love, and it shows. It’s my opinion that A/F is going to be the next Phish (not musically, but in terms of a rabidly loyal fanbase and voracious touring schedule). They recently played sets at Coachella and will be playing the festival circuit again at this summer’s High Sierra Fest and Nelsonville Music and Arts Fest.
The guys have just debuted a new demo (live?) recording that they’ve probably been forging in the blast furnace of the open road in the past few months. They also just added a new show on May 2 in Los Angeles at the Museum of Natural History with the Dodo’s.
[download] “Always there O.G.“