A constantly evolving experimental rock band embracing the philosophy and creative freedom of punk rock without always paying attention to the accepted template of its sound, Self Defense Family
are the brainchild of vocalist and songwriter Patrick Kindlon, who created the group as a loose collective of musicians living in and around Albany, New York. The group was founded and originally performed under the name End of a Year, taken from a song by a short-lived collaboration between Ian MacKaye and his brother Alec MacKaye. The name suited the band's music, which resembled the approach of the more adventurous Dischord bands. Not long after the album was released, Kindlon decided the band needed a new name; he compared the shift in monikers to Will Oldham changing the name of Palace Brothers to Palace Music and later Bonnie "Prince" Billy, reflecting the group's growing musical spectrum. Seeing them live is equally a surprise and a treat and you are guaranteed an explosive and charged performance.