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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Albums

none Akron/Family - Franny & The Portal To The Fractal Universe Of Positive Vibrations album art Akron/Family Franny & The Portal To The Fractal Universe Of Positive Vibrations(CDr) Not On Label none US 2003 Sell This Version
Akron/Family - Akron/Family & Angels Of Light album art Angels Of Light* & Akron/Family Angels Of Light* & Akron/Family - Akron/Family & Angels Of Light (Album) Young God Records US 2005 Sell This Version
Akron/Family - Akron/Family album art Akron/Family Akron/Family (Album) Young God Records US 2005 Sell This Version
Akron/Family - Meek Warrior album art Akron/Family Meek Warrior (Album) Young God Records US 2006 Sell This Version
Akron/Family - Tour CD album art Akron/Family Tour CD (Album) Not On Label (Akron/Family Self-released) 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 album art Akron/Family Live On Brick Lane(CD, Album) Not On Label none US 2006 Sell This Version
Akron/Family - Love Is Simple album art Akron/Family Love Is Simple (Album) Young God Records US 2007 Sell This Version
Akron/Family - Odyssey Of The Mind album art Akron/Family Odyssey Of The Mind (Album, EP) Not On Label US 2007 Sell This Version
Akron/Family - Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free album art Akron/Family Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free (Album) Crammed Discs Europe 2009 Sell This Version
none Akron/Family - Totem album art Akron/Family Totem(CDr, Album, Ltd) Not On Label (Akron/Family Self-released) none US 2010 Sell This Version
Akron/Family - S/T II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT album art Akron/Family S/T II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT (Album) Dead Oceans US 2011 Sell This Version
DOC058 Akron/Family - <bmbz> album art Akron/Family <bmbz>(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Dead Oceans DOC058 US 2011 Sell This Version
FTR 002 Akron/Family - Live Sound Fields album art Akron/Family Live Sound Fields(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Family Tree Records (2) FTR 002 US 2011 Sell This Version
Akron/Family - Sub Verses album art Akron/Family Sub Verses (Album) Dead Oceans US 2013 Sell This Version
FTR ATL Akron/Family - ATL<2>ELP album art Akron/Family ATL<2>ELP(2xCD, Album, Ltd, edi) Family Tree Records (2) FTR ATL US 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DOC037 Akron/Family - River album art Akron/Family River(7") Dead Oceans DOC037 US 2009 Sell This Version
DOC027 Akron/Family - Everyone Is Guilty album art Akron/Family Everyone Is Guilty(7") Dead Oceans DOC027 UK 2009 Sell This Version
Akron/Family - By My Side album art Akron/Family By My Side Joyful Noise Recordings US 2012 Sell This Version
none Akron/Family - Until The Morning album art Akron/Family Until The Morning(CDr, Single, Promo) Dead Oceans none UK 2013 Sell This Version
none Akron/Family - Sand Time album art 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 album art Akron/Family Soul I Know b/w World Is Tired(10", Ltd) Dead Oceans DOC083 US 2013 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Akron/Family - Daytrotter Studio 2:SEP:2008 album art Akron/Family Daytrotter Studio 2:SEP:2008(4xFile, MP3) Daytrotter none 2008