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Akron/Family is a folk-influenced experimental rock band that formed in 2002, and its members currently live in Portland, Oregon; Los Angeles, California; and Joshua Tree, California


  • 1 Music and history
    • 11 Early years 2003-2006
    • 12 Love Is Simple 2007
    • 13 Set 'Em Wild, Set Em Free 2008-2011
    • 14 S/T II:The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT 2011-2012
    • 15 Sub Verses and hiatus 2013-present
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Studio albums
    • 22 Other albums
  • 3 References
  • 4 Bibliography
  • 5 External links

Music and history

Though each member of the band—Dana Janssen, Seth Olinsky, and Miles Seaton—can be relegated to loosely defined roles, all members play several instruments and sing, as evidenced by their shows and recorded material Live, the band uses improvisation and three-part harmonies in prominence On their self-titled debut record, field recordings of a creaking chair, thunderclaps and the white noise of a television find their way alongside psychedelic and electronic elements, guitars and a glockenspiel

Early years 2003-2006

Between 2003 and 2007 the band was the hub of a social scene in Williamsburg, Brooklyn which revolved around the "Gimme! Coffee" coffee shop Many of the events of this period served as material for songs

In 2003, the band began sending demos to Young God Records label head Michael Gira, who announced the following year their signing to the label Akron/Family, culled from several albums' worth of material recorded in the band's Brooklyn apartment, was released in March 2005 The Wire said, "Akron/Family's hushed left field pastoralism invite comparison with the loose US scene of folk-derived weirdness Immaculately interwoven electronics and the care with which each beautifully recorded track unfolds recall Chicago post-rock " Davies 2005

Released that same month was Angels of Light's Sing "Other People", on which Akron/Family served as the main backing band Several extensive tours of the United States and Europe with Gira — playing as Angels of Light — followed immediately afterward, lasting much of the rest of the year In the stretches supporting Gira, the band played dual roles as both the supporting and headlining act; in the stretches without Gira, their touring mates included Great Lake Swimmers and Sir Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls

The next Akron/Family material released was Akron/Family & Angels of Light, a split album with Angels of Light in October 2005 Shortly after releasing Meek Warrior in October 2006, the band debuted seven demo songs on WNYC radio, suggesting another album was already in the works The band has contributed vocals to Canadian post-rock band Do Make Say Think's album, You, You're a History in Rust and the more recent, Other Truths

Love Is Simple 2007

In September 2007, it was announced that original member Ryan Vanderhoof departed the group "amicably sometime between the completion of 2007 release Love Is Simple and the start of the band's US tour" according to Akron/Family's publicist The reasoning behind his departure was that "he went to live in a Buddhist Dharma center Tsogyelgar/Flaming Jewel in the Midwest" The Akron/Family tour in September 2007 included supporting acts Megafaun and Greg Davis who joined the Akron/Family onstage to create a seven-piece band Megafaun and Greg Davis also played in Akron/Family band for their October 2007 west coast tour The Dodos played the opening sets on this tour In the spring of 2008 the band toured with Megafaun as their supporting act In addition to opening, all three members of Megafaun joined Akron/Family onstage to create a six-piece band Akron/Family are primarily performing as a three-piece band now

Set 'Em Wild, Set Em Free 2008-2011

On October 5, 2008, the News section of Akron/Family's official website was updated to announce that the band had begun recording a new album The album, titled Set 'Em Wild, Set Em Free was released on May 5, 2009, by Dead Oceans Records Crammed Discs will be putting it out in Europe on the same date On February 15, 2009 Set 'Em Wild, Set Em Free leaked onto the internet Throughout the late summer and into the fall of 2009, Akron/Family headlined a tour with Slaraffenland as the opening band and Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard serving as lead support Slaraffenland also contributed in much of Akron/Family's set, playing percussion and horns

S/T II:The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT 2011-2012

Akron/Family sent out an email confirming the title of their following album, writing "This album is titled S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT We have no idea what that means After the jump you’ll find a photo of the note found in the brown box delivery with the song list, video, and an mp3 of the song fragments retrieved from the TDK CDR, relics of a new tomorrow and a brighter Akron/Family filled future These are the beginnings, hell or high water you’ll find S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT in stores in the US on February 8, and March 14 in the UK"

A suspected version of the album was leaked to the internet on December 24, 2010, though there was a dispute on numerous message boards and filesharing communities whether or not it was the actual album or a remixed version leaked by the band due to the radically different nature of the material A different, second version of the album was leaked on December 28, 2010, confirming suspicions that the band was leaking alternate mixes of the album The actual album leaked on January 13 It is suspected there are 6 different mixes circulating as well as the official release A compilation of the leaked, remixed & deconstructed, versions of the album was released as the <bmbz> 2LP on Record Store Day 2011 The member listing for this release is Phil Cook, Greg Davis, Dana Janssen, Chris Koltay, Mark Lawson, Seth Olinsky, and Miles Seaton

The band appears on Swans' 2012 album The Seer, on the track "A Piece of the Sky" During this time period, the band was also involved in a public spat for "lifting" a skull logo for its merchandise from seminal California powerviolence purveyors, Man Is The Bastard

Sub Verses and hiatus 2013-present

The band's sixth studio album, Sub Verses, was released on April 30, 2013, on the Dead Oceans label They began their tour for the new album January 29, 2013, and concluded on December 8th,2013 Set After their December 2013 tour of Japan, Akron/Family decided to call it quits to focus on personal side projects Leaving the door open for a possible Reunion in the future, meanwhile front man Seth Olinsky started his own band Cy Dune and his own record company Lightning records with a friend Dana Janssen, primarily drums started Dana Buoy and Miles Seaton primarily bass has been touring Europe promoting his solo album


Studio albums

  • Akron/Family 2005
  • Akron/Family & Angels of Light 2005
  • Meek Warrior 2006
  • Love Is Simple 2007
  • Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free 2009
  • Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT 2011
  • Sub Verses 2013

Other albums

  • Eskimo 2003, self-released CDR, 16 tracks
  • Franny & The Portal To The Fractal Universe Of Positive Vibrations 2003; self-released CDR, 13 tracks
  • Intimate 2003, self-released CDR, 6 tracks
  • Akron 2005, self-released CD, 7 tracks
  • Akron/Family 2006 Tour CD 2006; self-released - 25 track collection of recordings from 2002 to 2005 sold on tour, limited to 1000 copies
  • Sparrow Trout Heart Sprout 2007; Achord Recordings - 3-CD set from Seth Olinsky under the name Best of Seth, limited to 500 copies
  • Akron/Family, Greg Davis, and Megafaun OM EP 2007; self-released - 8 track collection of live recordings and alternate versions sold on tour, limited to 1000 copies
  • Totem - Improv Series 1 2010; self-released - 14 track collection of improvisation recordings


  1. ^ Breihan, Tom February 19, 2009 "Akron/Family Ready Album, Tour" Pitchfork Retrieved October 22, 2013 
  2. ^ Kimball, Seth "THE AKRON/FAMILY INTERVIEW" dynamic meter 
  3. ^ "News" 2008-10-05 Retrieved 2008-10-13 
  4. ^ "Man Is The Bastard Accuse Akron/Family of Ripping Off Their Skull Logo for T-Shirts" Pitchfork 


  • Davies, Sam "Akron/Family" The Wire April 2005

External links

  • Official Akron/Family Site
  • Akron/Family on Myspace
  • Akron/Family on Twitter
  • Akron/Family on Soundcloud

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