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"Acquiesce temper their pretty, Brit-inspired swooning with chunky riffs and power-pop spunk"
- The Village Voice


"Acquiesce plays straight-up rock music in the style of a 1995 major-label signee. The local quartet has done quite well for itself, slipping under the radar into a Bowery Ballroom headlining spot."
- Time Out New York


“Their latest EP, "Shattered," is a step forward, with crunchy guitars, propulsive rhythms and the occasional lyrical zinger. Acquiesce is still mining the vein of straight-ahead hard rock - honest, uncalculated and refreshingly untouched by trends.” - Newsday


“Falling somewhere between Spacehog's glammy pop, Buckcherry's Melrose Avenue boogie, and Gavin Rossdale's commercial cheese, these local rockers sound way more L.A. than NYC.” - Village Voice


“New York’s best kept secret” -


"...If You Say So" - EP 2002
"Acquiesce" - LP 2003
"Shattered" - EP 2004
"Threesome" - EP 2005
"Creating An Atmosphere Of Luck" - LP 2007



Crunching power chords, sharp song writing, and an endless supply of catchy riffs are at the core of New York's Acquiesce. The band's attack comes via its five-headed sonic monster: Brett Kohart (vocals) and Dan Sweeney (lead guitar) man the helm, while ably supported by Justin Lizama (rhythm guitar), James Kluz (drums) and Nate Meng (bass guitar).The diverse musical background each member possesses has resulted is an amalgamated sound for Acquiesce. Incorporating the best aspects of classic '60s and '70s hard rock, with the lyrical grandeur of '80s college radio fare, the band has staked its claim in the crowded New York City scene. Boasting a fanatical fan base, the Big Apple quintet has garnered critical acclaim from mainstream publications, the Village Voice, Time Out New York and Newsday, while staying at the forefront of Gotham's musical renaissance.

What began as an informal jam session in 2001, Acquiesce has evolved into a swell of high-energy performances and word of mouth support. A track record of sold out venues up and down the East Coast (including the Bowery Ballroom, CBGB, the Mercury Lounge and Don Hills) is impressive in its own right, but the band's ongoing success relies primarily on its passion, and dedication to pushing creative boundaries. Whether simply experimenting with diverse lyrical themes, or expanding to a five-piece format, Acquiesce personifies the bodies in motion aesthetic. Never content to be one-dimensional, the band continues to offer fans (and itself) a broad palette of music and a memorable aural experience, with no gimmicks or affected airs.

Art as it should be: straightforward, authentic and energized. Acquiesce delivers all that … and more.