Akron/Family is writing a 21st century non-denominational hymnal, free of any New Age stink or hippie laziness. The trio (though they often perform as five, six, seven or more) tap into the great currents of the universe and share that energy and unfiltered beauty with us. Their constant desire to obliterate the line between audience/consumer and performer/musician shares something with the Dead, Phish and others who've introduced participatory elements into the mix. However, those bands rarely gave so freely or vigorously to those who stood before them. Akron/Family are a very special band and you cheat yourself with every minute you wait to wade into their waters.
Stagnant Pools are a two-piece band from Bloomington, Indiana comprised of brothers Bryan and Doug Enas. Bryan is 22 and plays guitar and sings. Doug is 20 and plays the drum set. Their first full-length album, Temporary Room, will be released in 2012.