Akron/Family are an eclectic bunch. After all, their previous six albums have charted countless genres from intimate acoustic folk to bizarre, glitchy electronica. It won’t surprise then that the Brooklyn/Portland trio’s performance at Bush Hall was far from the ‘typical gig’.

Following an excellent, explosive set from London new guns Fair Ohs, the 3 members of Akron/Family ambled onto the small stage. Surrounded by the grandiose backdrop of Bush Hall, Akron/Family instructed that the ‘main lights should be turned up, so that we can see you all’. Having set a precedent for crowd interaction, the band sought to engage with the audience throughout the set. To their advantage, the band’s riotous performance was enhanced with their entertaining quips, strong crowd interaction and at one point running through the audience wielding masking tape.

For all the unadulterated entertainment the performance offered, the band’s varied set was a fairly fatiguing experience. After all, the sheer array of genres, instruments and sounds used by the band soon began to strain both eye and ear. The music, which ran roughly along the outline of psych-folk, was nothing short of exhilarating; the proficiency of musicianship, three-part harmonies and the band’s enthusiasm was infectious. Even despite the long and often wearisome improvisation, it was clearly that the band were enjoying themselves which, forgiving the cliché, was a rewarding experience for all involved.

There’s no formula for a ‘good gig’, but the inclusion of a synchronized audience dance routine, strong crowd participation and energetic stage presence certainly factors in well for an ‘enjoyable gig’.