Drawing from the common failures of many relationships, Saint Paul based Robbie and Hiromi Matsumoto began writing tongue-in-cheek pop songs soon after they started dating in 2000 and decided to name their efforts after their shared favorite color red, or in Japanese, "Akai". Though most of their raw material was composed on two guitars, in early 2005 producer Eric Elvendahl joined the band and began to arrange and record their songs with full instrumentation, which by 2006 grew into their first full-length album entitled "Pretty Songs About Ugly Things".
Today, Akai draws on the talents of several musicians for live support, playing synthesizers, mandolin, glockenspiel, flute, classical guitar, accordion and banjo. Akai is currently in progress of recording a follow-up album containing new original material.
Hiromi Matsumoto: Accordion, Vocals
Robbie Matsumoto: Banjo, Bass, Vocals
Reed Sutter: Drums
Jana Sutter: Synths
Aaron Kleid: Glockenspiel
Joshua Ewer: Electric Guitar, Bass
Kyle Skogen: Trumpet, Brass
Past Members/part-time help:
Ezra Moore: Classical Guitar
Bethany Moore: Percussion, Vocals
Justin Grimes: Mandolin, Bass
Shawn McClain: Flute, Clarinet, Bass
Cindy Iverson: Percussion, Vocals
Eric Elvendahl: Production, Instrumentation, Arranging, Engineering, Mastering, Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Cello, Piano, Synthesizer
2005: EP ".5"
2006: LP "Pretty Songs About Ugly Things"