Akron/Family

It was a century ago when I first saw Akron/Family perform, in the tiny back room of a bar in Brooklyn that held perhaps 20 people. Akron sat in chairs on a small stage festooned with red velvet and small theater light bulbs, their plentiful gadgets and musical toys littering more than a few tables – always seemingly on the verge of collapse. The young men awkwardly held their guitars in their laps or gently played drums/percussion, apparently trying not to knock anything over (to disastrous results) mid set. Cables and extension cords laced through their legs, they proffered a sort of delicate, improvisational experimentalism, laced with occasional rock grooves, but most extraordinarily, often punctuated with beautiful 4 part harmonies...

Akron/Family Bomb The Internet & Record Store Day

Earlier this year, Akron/Family approached kindred spirits and extended family (Greg Davis, Fletcher Kaufman, Phil Cook, and Mark Lawson) about an experimental collaboration based around the band’s S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. The idea was simple: Give friends free reign to re-imagine the album by using the original songs as a starting point. A skeleton for their Frankenstein. This resulted in six different re-illuminations of the album that shed an entirely new light on Shinju TNT and the band.

Culled from these six experiments, and spread over the span of two LPs, the band manages to stretch their tentacles in all directions. <bmbz> is, at once: An art project. A collaboration. A re-approach. A mind meld. An art-prank. An experiment. And, at the heart, a lesson in community. Akron/Family’s <bmbz> will be available on Record Store Day 2011 (April 16th) on double vinyl.

At times, flickers of the original songs shine through clouds of fuzz, fading in and out. There are hints of melodies in the distance. And there is new material inspired by the source material. These are neither covers, nor remixes. They are recreations, challenging the very definitions of what a definitive version of a song can be. In the spirit of a blown out dub version of a King Tubby classic, John Coltrane’s hour long deconstruction of “My Favorite Things” from Live in Japan or John Cage’s chance compositions, Akron/Family have created an alternate reality of Shinju TNT, that is deeply satisfying and pushes beyond the boundaries contained within the original album.

In a fit of Banksian inspiration, the band released these “bombed” versions to the internet via message boards and torrent sites as a prank. Along the lines of Evolution Control Committee’s Napster “bombs” during the early days of file sharing, these leaks caused confusion, were debated, shunned by fans and embraced as the “real” album. The band left a trail of breadcrumbs – clues in the metadata of the songs, subtly altered artwork, all done in the playful spirit of Akron/Family. In many cases, these leaks were fans first impressions of Shinju TNT, as this audio made its way onto the internet before the release (and leak) of the actual album.

Here you can listen side by side to “Silly Bears,” the opening single from Shinju TNT, with an alternate version “SIMILAR HAREZ” from <bmbz>.

Escape with Akron/Family’s New Video for “Island”

It’s that bad day at the office when the whole world feels like it’s on your shoulders and the walls just keep on creeping closer and closer. You close your eyes and wish for an escape: a mountaintop, a warm comfy blanket, or a beachside oasis. This moment of daydreaming is what is captured in Akron/Family’s new video for “Island.” Take a pause from your hectic day and be whisked away and transported to another, more peaceful place and time.

Akron/Family start the second half of their North American tour in support of their new albumS/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, March 24 in Seattle. Then in May Akron/Family cross the Atlantic waters for a full tour of Europe. Check out the full tour dates HERE.

Akron/Family Goes Live with Radio K

A few weeks ago Akron/Family stopped by the studios of Radio K in Minneapolis and played some wicked cuts from their new album S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. Above you can watch a video of the band performing “Another Sky” and head over to the Radio K website HERE, where you can stream and download the full session featuring live cuts of “AAA O AWAY,” “So It Goes,” “Another Sky,” and “Silly Bears.” Akron/Family start the western half of their national tour March 24 in Seattle. Check out all their tour dates HERE.

Live Video Of Akron/Family Playing Instant Classic

AKRON/FAMILY – Live at Christ’s Church Cathedral from Mitch Fillion (southernsouls.ca) on Vimeo.

Last night, Akron/Family played Hamilton, Ontario’s Christ’s Church Cathedral and Southern Souls showed up to catch a glimpse for you.

Above is a video that they shot of AKAK performing the instant classic “Canopy”, from S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT.

In a show of hands, who thinks Dana has mad Jim Halpert vibes in this video?

Booking Agent Contact

NORTH AMERICA:
The Billions Corporation
Ali Hedrick
ali@billions.com
Steven Himmelfarb
himmelfarb@billions.com

BENELUX & UK:
Bas Flesseman & Bob Van Heur, Belmont Bookings
bas@belmontbookings.nl
bob@belmontbookings.nl
http://www.belmontbookings.nl

EUROPE:
Andreas Oberschelp, Puschen
a@puschen.net
http://www.puschen.net/

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Silly Bears by Akron/Family
So It Goes by Akron/Family
River by Akron/Family

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Sand Talk
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Until the Morning
by Akron/Family
Cast A Net
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Island
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Silly Bears
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So It Goes
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