With personnel changes over the past few years, Akron/Family‘s sound has evolved from a sort of modernized freak folk into a solid post-rock bulldozer. The music is more engrossing and at times overwhelming. For two hours at the Larimer Lounge on Wednesday, this new Akron/Family melted a crowd of hipsters who nearly filled the venue.
Where the Brooklyn-based band used to waver between folky, jangling verses and bombastic onslaughts of cacophony – usually to good effect – Akron/Family has learned to embrace its noisier aspect. The band enveloped the room in soundscapes that pulled in the entire crowd, mercilessly shook them, massaged them and then broke them down.
A perfect example of that newfound sonic thrust came in the first song, when guitarist/vocalist Seth Olinsky broke a string because of his frantic sawing. Unable to change it between songs, Olinsky had to borrow another six-string from one of the opening bands. Once he’d wrangled it, though, the onslaught continued.
Akron/Family’s set included a few songs from the new record (“Sub Verses,” due out April 30), including the passionate “No Room” and “Until the Morning.” The new takes continued with unleaked singles like “Sometimes I,” “When I Was Young” and “Holy Boredom.” They also included classics like “River” and “Ed Is a Portal,” which got the packed place jumping.