Akron/Family – “Italy” from Akron/Family (2005)
There’s something very important about this band that I can’t put my finger on. It’s one of those things that sits in the back of your brain on its haunches for months at a time and then, suddenly, hits you with incredible bombast, with a cinder block on the base of your neck. “Where did this come from?” you say. And then it’s not only bombastic, it keeps reaching up, one giant snare drum hit or cymbal crash at a time; check out the transition at 4:43 to hear what this sounds like.
This is one of my favorites from a very solid album, easily Akron/Family’s most accessible. This bombast is not only reserved for transitions in quiet little “freak-folk” songs; see Akron/Family’s later catalog for straight-up noise combined with Zeppelin-esque riffs. Like I said, this band is important. Who else is doing this, or doing it like this?
Posted by Phil