Fans of underground rock act Akron/Family will have several opportunities in the next year to hear new material.
Fans of underground rock act Akron/Family will have several opportunities in the next year to hear new material. Not only will the Brooklyn foursome release its second full-length, "Meek Warrior" on Sept. 25 via Young God, but a third album is on target for next spring. In addition, a second project backing Angels Of Light is also due in early 2007. And, of course, there's the touring.
"I guess you could say we're busy 'til Christmas," group member Dana Janssen tells Billboard.com. "Everything happened to us really quickly, so we're excited to be building something so fast."
"Meek Warrior," upon completion, was originally intended to be an EP or "mini-album," but Young God/Angels Of Light head Michael Gira and the group since decided to push it through as a full-length release, at only seven songs. "It's about 45 minutes long and it feels like a full-length," Janssen says, describing the material as a juxtaposition of "song and noise. We just want to keep people's attention."
The set, which features an appearance from free jazz drummer Hamid Drake, was recorded in Chicago between gigs. "We finished a show in Iowa City, drove until we made it to Chicago, slept two hours, woke up and recorded for 10 hours straight," Janssen says. "Then we drove to another gig, drove back to Chicago and did it again. Then we were off to Milwaukee."
And while Janssen is unsure what tracks will appear on the spring release, he nearly guarantees the album will sound different from its predecessors. "This will be the first time we're writing on our own, in separate places," he says. "But we're not worried. We've all got so many ideas, at least one is bound to save the day."
For now, Akron/Family has only a handful of gigs on tap, including a Sept. 23 two-fer at New York's Tonic.