“Acarya’s music has an engagingly organic rise-and-fall dynamic full of drama, romance and mystery and that wide-screen vision echoes works by everyone from Peter Gabriel to U2 to Imagine Dragons throughout The Way Home. Part of the power of the album comes from the artists’ careful control of each aspect of its production, allowing them too see their vision through to completion.”
— Mike Breen (Music Writer Cincinnati)
“Thematically, each of the songs in this collection is a love song of sorts — the bond of family, the care of a stranger, the quest of a seeker, the innocence of love.”
— Indie Rock Cincy
Acarya is a Cincinnati-based music project with founding members Wes Davidson (vocals, guitar, percussion and lotsa other stuff lol) and Liz Wu (drums and percussion) joining with the wonderfully melodic bassist Jack Youngblood, guitarist extraordinaire Max Patrick and the lively dancing violist Hannah MacNeal (come see the Hannah banana shuffle!).
Beginning in 2009 when Wes met Liz while studying music in college they instantly clicked and became best friends over their shared love of serving the community. This early passion continues today with the organization Wes and Liz started called “The Stone Soup Collective” (a portion of all the band’s proceeds going to various charities and individuals who need help).
One day Liz heard the music Wes was writing to help tell the stories of a great loss he suffered and was trying to cope with. Never really intending for the music to leave the basement Liz talked him into playing as a duo for a few years and helping others to heal with the stories of family and togetherness. Meeting so many new friends along the way, gifting Wes and Liz with their stories of struggle and triumph, the two decided to expand their duo to a family of musicians - even extending the opportunity to play to members of the audience. After traveling the United States including stops everywhere from Austin’s SXSW to California, New York, Nashville and Orlando the duo came back to Cincinnati and added Jack, Max and Hannah to the Acarya family.
Helping the music soar to new heights Acarya’s stories have never been as full of life as they are today. The quintet decided to release their first full length, self-produced studio album suitably titled “The Way Home.” With Wes engineering, mixing and mastering everything the band was able to realize the vision they set out to share.
Sharing stories through songs and friendship, Acarya hopes to bring people together to dance, laugh and share stories of their own.
Please remember to take care of each other…