Sunshine State brings angsty, poppy punk rock to Atlantic


The Gainesville band Sunshine State, with Troy Pearlman, left, and Mike Magarelli, will perform Friday at The Atlantic. The group also features Kyle Fick and former Against Me! drummer Warren Oakes.

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Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:09 p.m.

Warren Oakes is perhaps best known in town for being a savvy restaurateur (he’s part owner of the very popular Boca Fiesta) and for being the former drummer for the folk-punk band Against Me! But he, along with three other talented friends, Kyle Fick, Mike Magarelli and Troy Pearlman, are trying to change that. Sunshine State is his newest musical endeavor, and it’s good, darn good.

Their five-song demo EP, “State or Die,” is equal parts poppy, catchy and angsty; a perfect punk-rock storm, the likes of which this town hasn’t seen in a number of years. For you punk rockers out there, think Rancid-meets-Propagandhi with a hint of the unavoidable comparison, Against Me! With that in mind, keep an open mind and don’t let my interpretation sway you either way; find out for yourself (the EP is available on Bandcamp.com).

Go to The Atlantic on Friday to experience these local pros doing their thing on a nice intimate level, along with local Violent Femme’s enthusiasts Human Parts and local post-progrockers, Habits, starting at 10 p.m.

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Everybody’s favorite surf-punk duo, Waylon Thornton and The Heavy Hands, performs with Ocala blues-rock trio III Bones and the bands Fair Traitor and We the Invader on Friday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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The Jam hosts a show to benefit the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank on Saturday with performances by Harvey & Whistle, Chuck Martin & the Genius Boy Band, Joshua Lederman, Blake Briand, Michael O’Meara, H.R. Gertner and Chad Voight, starting at 9 p.m.

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Local soul octet Little Jake Mitchell & The Soul Searchers will perform a double set Saturday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

And Santa is hosting a Christmas extravaganza with performances by Delicious Food and New Stuff on Wednesday at your loved one’s house, starting about midnight.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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