Last Updated on 09.03.12 Written by John Guarnieri
This past week, we were fortunate to catch Janus, open up for Middle Class Rut & Chevelle at Ram's Head Live, in Baltimore, MD. It was refreshing to see the venue already filled to the brim with music hungry fans, well before Janus took the stage. Janus did what they always do, and played a sizzling set that included their huge hit 'Eyesore', and several tracks off their soon to be released album Nox Aeris, which includes the new single 'Stains'. A couple of days before their Maryland show, I was able to interview David Scotney, and we discussed everything from their new album that will be released on March 27, 2012, to their current tour! And yes, David and the rest of his Janus brothers are proud supporters of law enforcement, and what we are doing at Fallen Blue!
Nox Aeris, which translated from Latin means "night air", is an album that David is proud of and says its better than their previous effort, Red Right Return, which itself is a powerful statement becuase their first album was musical dynamite. "This was a difficult album for us because we were writing under pressure. The pressure was coming from our need to maintain our moral compass, and not sacrifice our personal and musical integrity. With Red Light Return, we had a set stage show and approach, so it was our goal to not retread on old ground, but to push ourselves further and take Nox somewhere different. We even did away with our Russian themed stage attire, and are going with a more down to earth look to our appearence." When I brought up their first single off their latest record, 'Stains', David mentioned that "the song is about what happens when you don't follow your heart, and that theme runs through the entire album."
David and the guys are not only excited for this tour, but 2012 and beyond: "The crowd turnout has been awesome on this tour, and I think almost every date has sold out so far. Its great to go on the road again with Chevelle, as we have become good friends with them. Our fans have been huge, and have been receptive of all the new music we are playing on these dates, as its a chance to really push Nox Aeris out to the music community. The fans have really loved 'Stains' and 'A Promise To No One' when we play live!" It was cool to see how effortlessly the band was able to blend in the new music with ease, and to see the fans be there for the whole ride. There is no doubt that Nox Aeris will push Janus to higher level, and that couldn't happen to greater group of guys.
For more information on the band, check out: http://www.janusmusic.com/.