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Construction crew: Justin Tzuanos, guitar, vocals and piano; Roger Cohen, drums; Kevin Bailes, bass; and Peter Wadsworth, guitar, vocals and Rhodes piano. Tzuanos answered questions by e-mail.

Home base: Gainesville

CDs: Faces in Architecture, 2008, recorded at the Bakery in Athens and released on Tampa's New Granada imprint; self-titled EP, 2004; and The Flood is Feeling, full-length debut, 2006.

Why Faces in Architecture? "I love records that you can listen to a ton of times and hear something new each time, kind of like visiting an old cathedral and noticing faces and angels lost within the immensity of the structure."

What sets them apart: The band's been compared to Explosions in the Sky and other sprawling atmospheric bands. What makes them different? "I suppose the obvious answer would be that we have vocals. Our songs are generally shorter and rely less on the exceptionally-quiet-to-blaringly-loud paradigm that bands like Explosions in the Sky employ."

Recording techniques: "Basically, the mixing engineer, Andy Baker, and I sat in a room and listened to four songs for a total of 30 hours and played with the levels and sound quality until we accomplish whatever goal we wanted to."

Getting that full feeling live: "We usually have a fifth member come in for Florida shows in order to add a lot of the extra percussion and keys that are present on the recording. When we tour we strip it down to four members, but with the use of different effects pedals on guitar and some rearranging, we're able to keep a really lush sound."

How it all started: "We originally got together in the beginning of 2003. Kevin's brother Brian used to play guitar with us, but he decided to leave the band in order to get married and have kids. Peter was friends with all of us, so it was easy for him to step in. Roger and I played together in another band, so when we needed a drummer to go on tour, he was the first person we thought of. We all went to and are going to UF. Peter and I are done. Kevin is finishing his B.A. and Roger is finishing his Ph.D."

Jobs: "One of the great things about Gainesville is that the cost of living is so low, so that enables us to tour. Roger is a professional student, Kevin works at a restaurant, and I work at Common Grounds music venue. Peter lives in Brooklyn and handles art collections."

Are you playing the Fest? Tzuanos says they are indeed playing the huge seventh annual music event held at multiple venues in downtown Gainesville. "We are playing on Oct. 31 at the Atlantic. We always love playing the Fest because we get to see so many friends that are in bands from around the country."

Hear them: At their CD release party at 10 p.m. Friday with Guiltmaker and Her:Enemy at New World Brewery in Ybor City. $6. (813) 248-4969. myspace.com/buildingthestate.

Building the State 10/02/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:28pm]
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