Tonight The J Word
posted by October 19 at 10:48 AMon
The thesis statement from Ross Simonini’s feature on Akron/Family:
Five years ago, Akron/Family’s giddy, earnest-as-a-schoolboy genre-hop rock would’ve gotten them pegged as a jam band, a pejorative from which there is no redeeming. These days, like other clans of bearded, rural-born musicians, Akron/Family—who hail from Pennsylvania and have never been to Ohio—earn the fortunate if vague tag of “freak folk.”
You people that like this band: You’re all a bunch of daisy-sniffing, patchouli-wearing, hula-hooping hippies! HA!
Really though, the point of Simonini’s article is that such divisive thinking is beyond futile; it’s likely to deter you from discovering great music. One man’s freak-folk outsiders are another man’s barefoot jam band. Classification is for the IRS, taxonomists, and record store clerks. Preference based on other people’s classification is for suckers.
Akron/Family play tonight at the Crocodile with the Dodos.