Get a two, or five-for-one with the Japandroids at High Dive

The Canadian, two-piece band Japandroids performs tonight at High Dive with Swearin’ from New York City. (Courtesy of Japandroids)

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.

There’s a lot of two-piece bands going around that sound a lot like five-piece bands. How do they do it? There are a lot of computers and crazy pedals out there that can do wonders for aspiring pop stars. Japandroids, a duo from Vancouver, Canada, does a pretty good job for just two people.

You’d have no idea that just a guitar and some drums could make all the noise on their new single, “The House That Heaven Built.” But, yeah, that’s it; that and a lot of over-dubbed backing vocals. It’s a poppy song, with bouncy drums and loud guitars. The main problem with this song and just the band in general, is that there’s absolutely nothing that sets them apart from any other pop-rock band touring the country.

Knowing that this band only has two people is somewhat impressive, but why not just get a bass player? Why not recruit some folks to sing those backups instead of relying on a computer or pedal to do the work for you? But hey, these guys are burning up the college radio charts, and one could surmise that people between the ages of 18 and 25 aren’t concerned about whether it’s “real, homemade” music anymore. As long as there’s a dance beat and some lyrics repeated over and over and over again, some kids are happy, and that’s what makes money, right?

They’ll be heading to High Dive along with another rock duo, Swearin’, from Brooklyn, N.Y., tonight starting at 9.

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Army of Ponch unleashes its brand of rock fury on Friday at The Atlantic along with metal’s Calvary and Gaul, starting at 9 p.m.

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The best Beatles cover band in Gainesville, Shoddy Beatles, performs along with soul/rock quartet Morningbell and local Motown throwbacks Heartburglars on Friday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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Local soft-rockers Naked Jane, fresh off their tour with Hasidic hip-hopper Matisyahu, perform with angry acoustic soul/rockers Benny Cannon & Friends and Steadfast, on Saturday at High Dive starting at 9 p.m.

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For reggae, check out Toubab Krewe, John Brown’s Body and Famato, all performing Sunday at High Dive starting at 7 p.m.

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On Monday, Gainesville’s premier 11-piece weird band, Dali Elephant, performs along with local indie-rockers Leela & The Rams and Louisiana’s England in 1819 at Mars Pub and Arcade, starting at 9:30 p.m.

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Local noise-pop duo Half Undressed performs with New York City pop-punks Black Taxi, local two-piece rockers Teenage Chop Shop and the group Dungeons and Dagrons on Tuesday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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And Papadosio, the jam band from Asheville, N.C., performs with locals Chroma on Wednesday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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