Averkiou personifies the ‘Gainesville Sound'

The Gainesville band Averkiou performs Saturday at the Atlantic along with Creepoid, Shores and Senders. (COURTESY OF AVERKIOU)

Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 5:35 p.m.

Certain areas of the country have very distinct sounds; for example, you have your Fleet Foxes and Nirvana in the Pacific Northwest, your Strokes in the Northeast, and your Wilcos in the Midwest. But what's Gainesville's sound? Is there any one “sound” that we as proud, music-loving Gainesvillians can call our own?

All of our popular bands really sound different. This town is probably the most musically American place in the Southeast. It's a melting pot of styles and influences. On any given night, you can go catch a show with a singer/songwriter opening for a hardcore band followed by a noise-pop duo. It gets a bit intense, and that's what makes living here, for musicians and music lovers at least, very interesting.

To pin “the Gainesville Sound” tail on the genre donkey is virtually impossible, but one must try. Averkiou is doing a pretty great job. More than anything, this music is cool. It's so cool that it's positively freezing. The group's 7-inch single, “Wasted & High,” slowly screams at you as though it was shouting and running toward you down a long hallway. But that analogy really doesn't give the feeling of the song justice. You'd have to hear it yourself to understand. It's noisy, pop-infused, loud music, which isn't such a bad way to describe “the Gainesville Sound.”

Averkiou will be joined by Creepoid, their Philadelphia-based label mates on No Idea Records, Michigan bummercore pioneers Shores and local emo-purists Senders on Saturday at The Atlantic, starting at 9:30 p.m.

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Tonight, pop-punkers You Vandal will be playing an acoustic set along with Jacksonville hardcore-punkers Modern Thought and local punkateers Captain Clockwork & Mechanical Mayhem at 1982 starting at 8:30 p.m.

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This is turning into quite the punk weekend with local post-punk rockers Frameworks and Pensacola noise-rockers This Day Will Tell on Friday at 1982, starting at 8:30 p.m.

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Local self-proclaimed “hobo anarchist” Lars Din will be playing some folk music along with Baltimore's Ryan Harvey on Friday at the Civic Media Center at 9 p.m.

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Fans of a little genre called “doom metal” are in for a treat: Atlanta's Order of the Owl will be performing with Orlando's Fire in the Cave and local black-metal enthusiasts Gaul on Friday at The Laboratory at 10 p.m.

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On Saturday, local alt-rockers 8-Track Automatic, synth-dance pop-rockers Far Away Planes and local five-piece progressives Fick will perform along with The Haps and Black Box Jungle, at 1982 starting at 8 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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