As the final stop of their recent tour, Akron/Family doted their good ol’ indie sound on the hip denizens of Brooklyn. The sold out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg was everything one could dream of with the grouping of Akron/Family, Warpaint, and Please the Trees. Akron/Family (don’t pronounce the ‘slash’) is a threesome from well, not Ohio. They have been a part of the burgeoning indie scene in Brooklyn for the past few years, and it’s members still call it home. It’s indie rock at its purest. Unexpected, odd, and just superfluous enough in its edginess, without overstepping the boundary into pure mayhem. They dove into a few new pieces, but mostly stuck to work from their latest album, Set Em Wild, Set Em Free. Which is precisely what they deliver in a live setting. A wild, chantable, sing-along experience without the campfire or a bed time. The theme of the show was “F*ck the Weekday”, as they began their set after 11:00pm on a Wednesday, but it’s New York, and Brooklyn no less, so what do you expect?
The three band members share the stage, and share the microphones, contributing their voices in each song. Imagine the distorted sound of Weezer, clashing with the absurdity of of Montreal, with flourishes of folk, hip-hop, and all that’s in between. Akron/Family’s ability to blend electronic sounds with their seemingly tactile harmonies, creates a great balance between man, and man-made.
Though this show concluded their tour, hopefully we can expect another album from Akron/Family in the near future.
Warpaint, a four-piece band from L.A., primed the stage with their sultry, pajama-clad jams. Call it psychedelic, call it sexy, call it what you will, whatever is going on here, I want more of it. I have no aversion to all girl bands, and Warpaint gives no reasons to complain. The reverb suspends the sound in a murky haze, with pounding drums in the background. Warpaint is both, exactly what I want to hear on an acid trip, and what I would want to hear if I was deep sea diving. Anything reminiscent of the unknown, dark, mysterious, and curious. These girls invite you to follow them into the rabbit hole, and I’m following their lead.Their EP, Exquisite Corpse is out now, and you can catch them all over SXSW in the coming weeks.
Hailing from the Czech Republic, Please the Trees kicked off the set. Although they traveled from afar, their sound fits in just right in the states. Lead singer, Vac Havelka, has a bit of an Eddie Vedder resonance in his voice, without all the parodied hoots and hollers. Pure and simple folk-rock, but instead of having its roots in the American Frontier, its in the Czech frontier, which is somewhere between the Hapsburgs and the Franz Ferdinand I.
Czech Republic: The Final, Final Frontier.