Ancient River performs album release show Friday

The Gainesville band Ancient River, with, from left, Zach Veltheim, J. Barreto and Chad Voight, performs in a CD-release show on Friday at Double Down Live. (COURTESY OF ANCIENT RIVER)

Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 2:22 p.m.

You should probably stop what you’re doing. If you have any nostalgia or love for rock music (a genre that has just finished its worst year in its relatively brief history), then you should find a computer, get online and type in these two words: Ancient River. This band really shouldn’t need any introduction, but it’s getting harder and harder for rock ’n’ roll bands to make an impression, not only in this town but all over this country. Blame it on dub-step.

Formed in 2008, bandleader and sole guitarist/singer J. Barreto decided he and his friends, drummer Chad Voight and bassist Zach Veltheim needed to bring back some of the rock to rock ’n’ roll.

The best way to describe Ancient River would be to tell you to listen to them, but here you go: screaming but subtly nuanced guitar solos behind often heavily reverbed vocals, guided by a steady and impressive rhythm section.

These guys can play. But don’t take my word for it, they have a pretty extensive catalog already, having about four releases under their belt within the past two years. Two of those releases were recorded in the last six months. To say they are prolific is a gross understatement.

The group’s new, full-length album, “Let It Live,” will be released at Friday’s show with local guests Big Oil, Root Doctors and Driver at Double Down Live, starting at 9 p.m.

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If you can’t wait for Friday to see some terrific live music, then perhaps the always entertaining Gris Gris Boys will soothe the urge along with guests Modern Thought tonight at 1982 Bar starting at 8:30.

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If you would like a more stylized form of rock, Friday’s show with Averkiou, Gleaners and American Snakeskin might, at the Atlantic starting at 10 p.m. might suit you better.

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A more intense night of music may require the help of Cutman and Enablers at Double Down Live on Saturday at 10 p.m.

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And for just a really fun night of acoustic folk music, you should head down to the Civic Media Center to catch Little High Little Low, Annie And The Canyon and plenty of punk rock touring bands from all around on Wednesday starting at 9:30 p.m.

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