JANUS – singer David Scotney, guitarist Mike Tyranski, bassist Alan Quitman and drummer Johnny Salazar – experienced great success with their 2009 debut album, Red Right Return, but the band’s new album, NOX AERIS, reveals how far they’ve come.
That musical revelation is the self-produced NOX AERIS, which drops March 27 on REALID Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group). The first single, “Stains,” is already getting spins at WIIL (Chicago), KPNT (St. Louis), WBUZ (Nashville), WJJO (Madison), WWBN (Flint), KHTQ (Spokane), as well as SiriusXM’s “Octane” and “Hard Drive XL.” Early feedback includes Zigz at WBUZ (Nashville), who says, “If ‘Stains’ is a taste of things to come… then 2012 is going to be a great year for Janus. They’ve hit a new level with ‘Stains’…this track is righteous.”
“Stains” explores what can happen when you don’t follow your heart, the marks left on your spirit when you become someone you’re not. “It embodies what I was trying to say on the record,” says singer David Scotney, “it’s a dark point of view, but represents a cathartic process of self-healing.”
In 2012 touring news, the band’s first round of tour dates will be with Chevelle and Middle Class Rut starting February 24 in Grand Rapids, MI. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
The record’s title, which is Latin for “night air,” comes from the 14th Century, a period where a third of the European population was killed off by the plague. Then, people believed going outdoors at night would cause them to succumb to the Black Death. While writing NOX AERIS, JANUS found this idea to be an apt metaphor for their own journey, preconceived notions of their own being flipped around as they became a bigger, more established band since the release of Red Right Return. NOX AERIS reveals who JANUS is and what they’ve gone through.
Red Right Return came out in September 2009 on REALID Records and spawned the Top 10 Active Rock hit, “Eyesore.” They spent months on the road touring with Chevelle, Sick Puppies, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Halestorm, Five Finger Death Punch, and Alice In Chains. JANUS also sold-out numerous headlining shows of their own, appeared on MTV’s “Headbangers Ball” and performed in the biggest rock festivals in the U.S., including Rock On The Range. Absolutepunk.net raved about the album: “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.” While Away-team.com hailed in a 9 out of 10 album review: “Brilliant on many levels and impeccably engineered and produced to perfection.”
JANUS TOUR DATES:
w/ Chevelle and Middle Class Rut:
2/24/12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
2/25/12 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
2/26/12 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
2/28/12 – Portland, ME @ State Theater
2/29/12 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/02/12 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
3/03/12 – Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
3/05/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
3/06/12 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
3/08/12 – Knoxville, TN @ Valarium
3/09/12 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music
3/10/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
3/11/12 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre
3/13/12 – Wichita, KS @ Cotillion Ballroom
3/14/12 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
3/16/12 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom