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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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  • wakaplot

    i got a especially love to Love Is Simple. but i love all of then, the projects, the remix albuns... i want to see then alive soon...

    16 Feb 9:09pm Reply
  • AndrzFAL

    Their debut album is god-tier

    13 Jan 7:44pm Reply
  • rgurney

    I have two tickets for the London show on 18th July, but I can't make it. Would anyone like to take both of them off my hands at face value - £11.50 each?

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • raffy_rillo

    Fantastic new record.

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • itsmysandwich

    The new album is fantastic. This band gets better with each release.

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • tylerstravis

    Missed you guys!

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • sacason

    Sub Verses is totally working for me

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • SPHRTH

    Sub Verses has some neat artwork.

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ryozombaku

    sub verses 10/10

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • henri-Q

    I'm also loving Sub Verses a lot

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Vianouzz

    Really realy digging it too

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • clearwaterlab

    sorry ya think that foetus, I am really really digging it.

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • justfetus

    new album is disappointing, but what could you expect?

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Blvd_Nights

    also judging from hayzozo's charts, it's not like he's into this stuff anyway.

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Blvd_Nights

    I saw them too in 2011, they were good for the most part but went on the verge of self parody at times. Not a bad show by any means (I've seen ten times worse) but I know a lot of people who saw them same show I did were not too impressed. Anyone heard the new album yet?

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • clubanddeform

    TRVE KVLT FOLK ROCK

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • justfetus

    yeah, I've been to 200+ shows and they were definitely memorable. Even with only 3 people (I wish I had seen them when they still had like 19 members)

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • zombiesaresmart

    The announcement of the new album made my day <3

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ShoesMcCoat

    I've seen them in a packed house and with maybe 20 people at the venue and each time they played their hearts out. Ya'll are some crazy fools if you think they're horrible live. (coughcoughhayzozocoughcough)

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • AnthonymBeck

    mis u guys

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
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