Seth Orlinsky doesn’t balk at terms like “mature” and “polished” to describe Akron/ Family’s second full-length album, “Love is Simple.”
“It’s a combination of things,” explains Orlinsky, 26, who cofounded the musical collective five years ago in New York. “It’s us having more experience as songwriters and more experience as performers from playing all the time — more experience overall. This time we were more enough to capture all the places we’ve been — it summarizes it, cleans it up a little bit, makes it more reachable for the average person.
“Don’t get me wrong; we still made lots of mistakes on this record. But I feel like every time we make a record, we’re so excited to make the next one. We want to make each one twice as good as the one before it.”
Orlinsky says Akron/Family is not only better these days; it’s bigger, too. In order to adequately perform the not-so-simple “Love is Simple” material on stage, the group has swelled to seven members — costly to a band that still travels by van, but the results are worth it according to Orlinsky.
“We worked on this album intermittently between September and May and toured intermittently between that,” he explains. “We tried to play (the songs) live, but by the end we were only playing three or four ’cause they’re so hard to pull off with all the different changes and instruments and stuff.
“This has enabled us to really pull off the material live, which you want to do if you spend all that time on it in the studio, y’know?”
Akron/Family performs Thursday (Sept. 6) with Greg Davis and Megafaun at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.