At no time in the twenty-five years I’ve been playing rock music have I come across a band that possesses the exuberant experimentation, flat-out intensity, and immediate accessibility of the Akron/Family. They generate such pure joy, coupled with such a wild sense of invention that it’s impossible not to get sucked into the chaos of their world: gorgeous vocal harmonies; crazed clown marches; escalating psychedelic crescendos; backwoods country stomps; genuinely touching, plaintive songs; and on and on. A friend, struggling to describe them, declared that their music contains the entire history of rock ’n’ roll. Preposterous, but sort of accurate.
Akron/Family are also adept accompanyists. They have an uncanny ability to step into the world of my songs — without imposing their own aesthetic — and lift them beyond what I could have initially imagined. I’ve never had a better backing band.\" —Michael Gira, Angels of Light/Young God Records