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It’s all in the ‘Family’ as Akron returns to Williamsburg – Brooklyn Paper

It’s all in the ‘Family’ as Akron returns to Williamsburg

All in the family: Folk indie rockers Akron/Family play Knitting Factory on Feb. 17.
Photo by Ian McNeil

Magical may not be the first word that pops to mind when thinking of Bushwick, but coming up in the neighborhood nearly 10 years ago, it was for Akron/Family.

“We were just doing music all the time,” said Miles Seaton, bass player of the experimental indie-rock band. “There was a feeling of infinite potentiality.”

Since then, the band’s made good on that feeling, releasing four albums since its 2005 self-titled debut. Each has consistently pushed and experimented with the band’s own sound and voice, though none as self-consciously as its fifth album, “S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT,” which finds the trio looking back almost nostalgically on its beginnings (the album title is even a reference to the band’s self-titled debut).

“Sometimes I forget how much Brooklyn really has to do with who we are as a group, and who I am as a musician. We were literally trying to revisit that in a very clear way,” said Seaton, who even penned the song “Fuji II (Single Pane)” to tell the story of that time.

In the past year, most of the core trio has defected to Portland, Oregon — Seaton still represents with a studio in Bushwick — so when the band plays the Knitting Factory on Feb. 17, it’ll be like a big homecoming.

“We’re going to treat it like the big hometown show,” said Seaton. “There’s going to be a lot of energy being pushed around. We’re very excited.”

Akron/Family at the Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Ave. near Havemayer Street in Williamsburg, (347) 529-6696], Feb. 17 at 8:30 pm. Tickets $15. For info, visit www.bk.knittingfactory.com.

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