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22 Mar 06

akron/family @ music gallery

wow, 2+ weeks without a show. i’ve been in a slump.

that came to an end last night at the music gallery, with akron/family and deep dark united. i was looking forward to giving akron/family another chance, after their unfortunate (read: hot and uncomfortable) show back in january at the great hall. but, before they took the stage, we had to listen to deep dark united.

i didn’t know anything about ddu ahead of time, so i did a bit of googling. words like “experimental” tend to be used to describe them, and that didn’t give me the best feeling. i stumbled across this eye artlcle from a couple years ago, and this quote from alex of ddu caught my eye:

I feel like the music is so much heavier without the drums. The minute I stopped playing with a drummer, I was just like ‘Oh my god, what have I been doing all this time?’ My friend Rachel says, ‘With a drummer, it’s a song; without a drummer, it’s music.’

what’s strange about that is they HAD a drummer, and that the drummer was by far the best part of their performance. he totally wowed me. aside from him though, i could’ve skipped their set happily. their line up is a bit different: guitar + flute + piano/keyboard, as well as instruments that i couldn’t see from where i was. anyway, it wasn’t for me (and it certainly didn’t help that it took the guitarist ages to change a string), but i’m certainly glad they added a drummer.

akron/family opened their set the way they closed their last one: by leading the crowd in a stomp/sing along in the middle of the audience (i.e. about a foot from our pew, as this crappy cellphone pic illustrates as one of the akrons waves a lion on a stick in the air). it’s amazing how much more fun listening to them chant “love and space, love and space” over and over it is when you’re not dying of heat, especially when it degenerated into “we will rock you”. anyway, i like akron/family. their songs are fun and diverse, and man, they can harmonize. but seriously: do they have to be so jammy? we couldn’t stay for the whole show because it was a school night, and if they’d trimmed down their songs somewhat, i might have actually seen a few more of the songs i was looking forward to. they do like to perform, and they love it in toronto, so i can’t complain too much. oh, and thanks to the guy in the crowd who gave the band cough drops. he saved the show!

as always, thanks to suckingalemon for the photo evidence.

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