AKRON/FAMILY Previews Material From New Album, Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free, At Intimate Shows and Residencies Throughout North America

We are excited to unveil the first details of Akron/Family’s
forthcoming album, Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free, which will arrive May
5, 2009 on Dead Oceans. In celebration of this new chapter for
Akron/Family, the band is previewing much of the material from Set ‘Em
Wild, Set ‘Em Free
in special shows this coming March. Akron/Family
will be playing a series of intimate residencies in New York, San
Francisco and Los Angeles, playing multiple nights in venues far
smaller than they normally would visit. Additionally, they will be
doing co-headline shows with Born Ruffians in Toronto and Montreal,
performing a St. Patrick’s Day blow out at Denver’s beautiful Oriental
Theater, visiting the SXSW festival and playing at the New Museum in
New York City. The band has hand-picked openers for each night of the
residencies, and every city will feature special guest musicians
joining Akron/Family on stage, with the hope that each night the
audience will receive a unique experience.

Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free marks the band’s first album recorded as a
trio; Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton and Dana Janssen became a three piece
in 2007 after original member Ryan Vanderhoof left the band that fall,
and this shift in their line-up reconfigured the band’s approach to
touring. They brought along like-minded musicians such as Megafaun,
the Dodos and Greg Davis, both as openers and as members of an
ever-changing Akron/Family ensemble, bringing about cacophonous
onstage jams interwoven between the band’s songs. Whether it’s the
three members of Akron/Family – communicating and interacting with one
another onstage with something like the visceral language of the
classic John Coltrane or Albert Ayler ensembles – or upwards of a
dozen guest musicians joining them, their live shows are becoming a
thing of legend. Akron/Family’s 2008 Emo’s gig in Austin was one of
these legendary performances. The band led the audience and nearly 20
musicians from the stage in an Arkestra-like free-for-all to a
riotous, shirtless and sing-a-long parade in the streets. These
unhinged performances have been witnessed by audiences at the
Monolith, Isle of Wight, High Sierra, Coachella and End of the Road
festivals, and since then word has traveled fast about the magic of
Akron/Family. The trio of Olinsky, Seaton and Janssen is a sight to
behold, and this rare opportunity to see the band performing in
intimate spaces is one not to be missed.

More information about Akron/Family’s Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free will
be announced shortly.

View Akron/Family tour dates HERE.