“Everyone Is Guilty” (Stream)

    "Everyone is Guilty" gives us our first taste of Akron/Family’s Set ’em Wild, Set ’em Free, and what a big, wonderful taste it is. The nearly six-minute track taps into the frenetic, zealous noise of the band’s live show, but also reveals the trio as something more tight than chaotic, more intricate than jammy. With the stick-and-slide guitar riffs and slippery bass lines that open the track, the band is just getting started on this giant funkfest. The layers of group vocals that shout then chant then glide then shout again fight for space over the guitar heroics and tumbling strings that bring the song to a frightening peak halfway through. Then the bottom drops out and leaves nothing but the dirge of horns to hold up Seth Olinsky’s brilliantly strained guitar solo. After working back to its funky start, most of the track fades out and leaves the strings and horns to clean up the beautiful mess. The song has all the band’s strengths on display, with tighter shifts in rhythm, bigger, more infectious hooks and subtly intricate but train-steady percussion. In short, it’s one of the best songs they’ve ever made, and a hell of a way to get your going when you hit that mid-afternoon slump. Akron/Family beats the hell out of drinking a Red Bull, don’t they?


    "Everyone is Guilty" is available on iTunes, or you can order the single in a limited edition 7-inch format at the band’s online store. Set ’em Wild, Set ’em Free is out May 5 on Dead Oceans. [The 405 / Stereogum]