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01 April 2011

Light Emerges: Akron/Family Perform Sunday in The Fe

Samantha Anne Carrillo

Akron/Family's newest album, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, is markedly different from 2009's Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free. Supposedly, after hearing several deadlines whoosh by, the band delivered a CDR with four of the albums' tracks and a paranoid Post-it promising to deliver the rest of the album directly to the vinyl pressing plant, and a handwritten note that read:

"It started. a note left for us in an old abandoned space reads:
'Do Not Erase
I Was Ak'
Flourish.Flourish.Flourish. Fuck Shit Up.
We took this to heart.
Hidden out. Abandoned train station Detroit summer. Odd purple light. Rooms converted into serious makeshift portal creation zones to dimensionalize the recording fully in imagination. Honey bee mexican grocery behind. Sky is night. Song construction think back a submarine culture inspired side of Volcano futurism forested in old backbrain Japan.
Birth of early adulthood ideal tribalist experimentation before belief of the best better ways. Little dreams written in communal books. These memories recovered from old coughing hard drives, spliced infinitesimally small and reconstructed into front lobe acid punk outsider emotional music spaces. A true fantasy story that ain't no lie for direct to our fans and for the rest of 'em. All welcome and fuck 'em all or at least the rest of 'em simultaneously.
A great flourishing of friendships and joint creativity and hard work. Brought about by the still stubborn belief in a vision creative and encouraging.
Catching the Big Fish. An Eastern European blue van dream up. Follow the 12-foot yellow paper roll from SE Portland. A dream roll of visions and bulldozers organized by Future Librarians unemployed, Intoxicated, Artistic-bent, Roving Aimlessly Free of expectation 100 years later."

So, yeah, I guess it sort of sounds like that. Psych-folk-meets-art-rock is a pretty good descriptor, but words sort of fail me here. Akron/Family are wonderfully freaky. The band of Portland/New York-based drifters will perform on Sunday evening at Corazón. 7 p.m. 21+. $10-12. Delicate Steve, from New Jersey, opens.

Samantha Anne Carrillo / a fifth-wave feminist from the fourth estate | a burqueña | a ladyboss | a writer + editor

I am a fifth-wave feminist and a reluctant member⸺hey, Groucho knew whereof he quipped⸺of both the fourth estate and the gig economy. I am an Albuquerque-based freelance writer, editor and social media marketing and branding+PR consultant. I remain an observant ’90s riot grrrl and a devout practitioner of halfhearted yoga posturing and zen and the art of the sentence diagram.


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