Following their 2005 release and a split with Angels of Light (also serving as the backing road and studio band for that Gira project), Akron/Family released their follow-up album, Meek Warrior, in October 2006. In 2007, lead vocalist Ryan Vanderhoof left after recording the adventurous Love Is Simple. The group decided to remain a trio. Akron/Family signed to Dead Oceans in late 2008. Their debut for the label, Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free, appeared in May; it was licensed for release in Europe by Crammed Discs. The group quickly followed it with a pair of singles: "River" b/w "Morning on Michigan Avenue" and "Everyone Is Guilty" b/w "Total Destruction."
After extended touring and a brief respite, Akron/Family retreated to a cabin near an active volcano in Hokkaido, Japan, in order to write new material. Upon returning to the United States, they teamed with producer Chris Koltay (Liars, Holy Fuck, Deerhunter) and commenced to record in Michigan Central Station, the abandoned (and infamous) ten-story train station in Detroit. The end result was The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, issued in February of 2011 on Dead Oceans. After a global tour, the band reentered the studio in late 2012. Sub Verses was released in April of 2013. ~ Tammy La Gorce & Thom Jurek, Rovi