Akron has been home to some important figures in Alternative/Modern Rock — Chrissie Hynde, Devo, Robert Quine, Tin Huey, The Waitresses, The Black Keys and more. But, strangely, Akron/Family isn’t one of them. The trio, touring in support of its new album S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, formed in Brooklyn in 2002 and its members now live there and in Portland. There is no connection to the northern Ohio industrial town.
“I moved to New York and met Miles (Seaton) there and we started making music together,” says Seth Olinsky, the now-Portland-based band member. “At some point, we had enough music to make a CDR for friends and I said, ‘What will we call this thing?’ And he said, ‘Let’s call it Akron.’ So, OK, I’m into one-word names. And when Dana (Janssen) and Ryan (Vanderhoof, now departed) moved to town and joined the group, I ended up starting this e-mail address called Akron/Family.”
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