Akron/Family

Akron/Family

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Akron/Family is a folk-influenced experimental rock band that formed in 2002, and is currently based in New York on the Dead Oceans label.

Though each member of the band — Miles Seaton, Seth Olinsky, Dana Janssen and formerly Ryan Vanderhoof can be relegated to loosely defined roles (drummer, guitarist, bassist, vocalist), all of them in fact play several instruments and sing, as evidenced by their shows and recorded material. When playing live, the band makes prominent use of improvisation and vocal harmonies. 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.

In addition to their solo debut in 2005, the band played behind Michael Gira on his Angels of Light project as well as splitting a full length CD with Angels of Light.

In 2006, the band released an EP, “Meek Warrior,” a collaboration with master drummer/hero Hamid Drake which contained both more traditional folk music such as the lovely “Gone Beyond” and a pair of throbbing electric guitar monsters in “The Rider (Dolphin Song)” and the epic “Blessing Force,” which ends with an exploration into free jazz.

Sometime between the completion of [2007 release] Love Is Simple and Akron/Family’s 2007 U.S. tour, Vanderhoof left Akron/Family to live in a Buddhist Dharma center in the Midwest.
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Akron/Family Discography

Albums

none Akron/Family Franny & The Portal To The Fractal Universe Of Positive Vibrations(CDr) Not On Label none US 2003 Sell This Version
YG30 Angels Of Light* & Akron/Family Angels Of Light* & Akron/Family - Akron/Family & Angels Of Light (Album) Young God Records YG30 US 2005 Sell This Version
YG28 Akron/Family Akron/Family (Album) Young God Records YG28 US 2005 Sell This Version
YG33 Akron/Family Meek Warrior (Album) Young God Records YG33 US 2006 Sell This Version
none Akron/Family Akron(CDr, Album) Not On Label none US 2006 Sell This Version
none Akron/Family Live On Brick Lane(CD, Album) Not On Label none US 2006 Sell This Version
none Akron/Family Tour CD(CDr, Album) Not On Label (Akron/Family Self-released) none US 2006 Sell This Version
YG34 Akron/Family Love Is Simple (Album) Young God Records YG34 US 2007 Sell This Version
CRAM 144 Akron/Family Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free (Album) Crammed Discs CRAM 144 US 2009 Sell This Version
DOC045 Akron/Family S/T II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT (Album) Dead Oceans DOC045 US 2011 Sell This Version
DOC028 Akron/Family <bmbz>(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Dead Oceans DOC028 US 2011 Sell This Version
FTR 002 Akron/Family Live Sound Fields(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Family Tree Records (2) FTR 002 US 2011 Sell This Version
DOC078 Akron/Family Sub Verses (Album) Dead Oceans DOC078 US 2013 Sell This Version
FTR ATL Akron/Family ATL<2>ELP(2xCD, Album, Ltd, edi) Family Tree Records (2) FTR ATL US 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Akron/Family, Greg Davis, Megafaun Akron/Family, Greg Davis, Megafaun - The OM E.P.(CD, EP) Not On Label none US 2007 Sell This Version
DOC037 Akron/Family River(7") Dead Oceans DOC037 US 2009 Sell This Version
DOC027 Akron/Family Everyone Is Guilty(7") Dead Oceans DOC027 UK 2009 Sell This Version
JNR100 Akron/Family By My Side(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Ltd, Cle) Joyful Noise Recordings JNR100 US 2012 Sell This Version
none Akron/Family Until The Morning(CDr, Single, Promo) Dead Oceans none UK 2013 Sell This Version
none Akron/Family Sand Time(CDr, Single, Promo) Dead Oceans none UK 2013 Sell This Version
DOC083 Akron/Family Soul I Know b/w World Is Tired(10", Ltd) Dead Oceans DOC083 US 2013 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Akron/Family Odyssey Of The Mind(CD, Ltd) Not On Label none US 2007 Sell This Version
none Akron/Family Daytrotter Studio 2:SEP:2008(4xFile, MP3) Daytrotter none 2008