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Thursday, April 18, 2024

When asked to describe what genre of music the band Binary Forest Faux Pas fits into, the members paused for a second before jokingly naming the genres "science rock" and "space rock."

Singer and guitarist Greg Pishko, 23, simply responded, "I guess we're rock music."

The Gainesville band is playing their last show with drummer Chuck Smyth at 8 p.m. Friday at the Downtown Community Plaza.

The show is free and also will feature musical acts Holopaw and Michael Holland.

"It is a reformation of the band," Smyth, 28, said.

Binary Forest Faux Pas was his side project, but he is leaving to focus on his other band, the Cadets.

Pishko said there will be a lot more energy because this is the last show with this arrangement of members.

For Friday's show, Binary Forest Faux Pas added two additional members: Amber Zappia, 18, who plays hand drums and secondary percussion, and Andrew Simler, 19, who sings backup vocals and plays guitar.

"Hopefully since we have a couple more people, we will be able to do some more intricate things," Pishko said. "There is an extra element you can't quite put your finger on, and I think the secondary percussion will bring out that world-music feel to the general rock sound."

The band will feature an array of instruments in its set not found on its album, including a cowbell, tambourine and doumbek, a type of hand drum.

"This is a chance for people to see some good rock 'n' roll music that is slightly unique but still has quite a few roots in the classic rock style that people enjoy," Pishko said. Pishko started Binary Forest Faux Pas almost a year ago to make and play music with his friends.

"I created the name to criticize digital formats and how far people will go to computerize the world to make nature digital," he said.

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The band plays shows mostly in Gainesville, but it has played a few acoustic sets in South Florida, where a majority of its members are from.

They released their first album in April, titled "All I See is Numbers," on School Glue Records, a record label Pishko runs out of his house.

Another musician who was friends with the band created the name and it stuck, Pishko said.

"The label is a collective of people who are traded off musically between the different bands," he said.

His house, dubbed the Manor by local musicians who have come and gone over the years, is a common practice space and where most of the recording takes place.

"Everybody here is just very active in playing music on their own time and with other bands," Pishko said. "The music won't end because we are all kind of part of this collective."

School Glue Records is composed of seven bands: five local bands, a band from Boston and a band from Ormond Beach.

The label is a side project for Pishko while he completes his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at UF.

"It is pretty much about friends at this time in our lives doing something that we love together," he said.

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