JANUS hit the road last month to get the buzz started about the September 22 release of their debut album, RED RIGHT RETURN (REALID Records, through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group), which will keep them on the road throughout the remainder of 2009. Now comes word that new dates for the Chicago band—with Framing Hanley and The Veer Union–have been added to their itinerary, which will last from October 8 through October 27.
The album’s first single, “Eyesore,” is currently spinning on over 20 Rock radio stations nationwide, including KBPI/Denver, KQRC/Kansas City, WJJO/Madison, KXFX/Santa Rosa and KISW/Seattle, and is most requested on Q101/Chicago, KPNT/St. Louis and WWBN/Flint. A video for the track—directed by Noah Shulman (Sleepless City Productions)–has over a half a million views this summer and can now be seen on the band’s Myspace page (www.myspace.com/janus).
In online news, JANUS has been selected as the “Rock Artist To Watch” on iheartradio.com for the month of September. The band’s page can be found at http://www.iheartradio.com/new2/featured/f/2288.
RED RIGHT RETURN is a collection of ten seamlessly flowing tracks that showcase the band’s ability to bring the Rock world an intelligent fresh sound. JANUS’ debut harkens back to the days when albums were written as a total piece of work, as opposed to a group of single songs. The Chicago natives recorded, produced, created all the themes, digital presence, and artwork on their own. Lyrically, the songs have very strong universal underpinnings to real life experiences. While they tell a particular story, the end result is left open to interpretation and the listener is free to draw their own conclusions.
In an early review of RED RIGHT RETURN, Absolutepunk.net raved: “There are a few bands, given the opportunity, could take the radio by storm. JANUS is a perfect example of this type of band. If they were given the chance, and played on some larger radio stations alongside all of our alternative ‘favorites’ (sound-alikes), they could earn themselves hordes of fans.” The Wildy’s World blog calls it “…a brilliant Rock-based soundscape…” and Blogcritics.org hails it as a “…diamond in the rough.”
Check out JANUS–David Scotney (vocals), Johnny Salazar (percussion), Alan Quitman (bass), Mike Tyranski (guitar/programming)–at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 9/11 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill Tavern (with Pop Evil)
Sun 9/13 Flint, MI The Machine Shop (with Chevelle)
Tue 9/15 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel (with Pop Evil)
Thu 9/17 Johnson City, TN Capones (with Pop Evil)
Fri 9/18 Wilmington, NC The Soupbox Laundrolounge (with Pop Evil & Framing Hanley)
Tue 9/22 Tallahassee, FL Floyd’s Music Shop (with Framing Hanley)
Fri 9/25 Detroit, MI Blondie’s
Sat 9/26 South Barrington, IL Penny Road Pub
With Framing Hanley and The Veer Union:
Thu 10/8 Birmingham, AL 5 Points Music Hall
Fri 10/9 Shreveport, LA The Warehouse
Sat 10/10 Tyler, TX Click’s
Sun 10/11 Lufkin, TX The Wild Horse Saloon
Wed 10/14 Tempe, AZ Club Red
Fri 10/16 S anta Rosa, CA Last Day Saloon
Sat 10/17 Las Vegas, NV Wasted Space @ Hard Rock Hotel
Tue 10/20 Murray, UT Murray Theatre
Sun 10/25 San Antonio, TX Scout Bar (with Framing Hanley)
Tue 10/27 Mission, TX Smoking Aces
Wed 10/28 Denver, CO KBPI’s InFest/The Fillmore (with Shadows Fall & OTEP)