Interview with Mike Tyranski of JANUS
About once a year, I hear a record from a band that is either brand new or that I paid little attention to beforehand and am completely blown away. Thatâ€™s if Iâ€™m lucky. Iâ€™m more likely to enjoy the latest offerings from my favorite artists that Iâ€™ve been listening to for years.
However, this year, in 2012, I have â€œdiscoveredâ€ Janus. Granted, the band has been around for awhile and Iâ€™ve heard their single â€œEyesoreâ€ countless times on satellite radio but it never connected. Then one Sunday this past February, I was driving back from Atlanta to Nashville, and was not feeling too well after a big weekend of celebration. I was listening to Octane when the song â€œStainsâ€ came on. Now instead of dreading my long commute, I was intently focused on one of the best tunes Iâ€™ve heard this year.
I rewound it and listened to the song 4 times in a row and cranked it up a little louder each time. A few weeks later, I saw the band open for Chevelle at Marathon Music Works. They were awesome. A few weeks after that, the album, Nox Aeris was released and I immediately purchased a copy at a local indie record store.
Consider me a huge fan of this record, to put it mildly. There are no lulls, there is no filler and the production is phenomenal. It is best listened in its entirety, which is another reason why I love it so much. We live in a â€œsinglesâ€ world now and I loathe everything about it. I love records. I like listening to an artistâ€™s vision from start to finish and letting each song carry you into the next.
Nox Aeris does just that. It is a seamless listening experience; a journey that you do not want to complete. I have listened to the entire record and than started it over again. My favorite aspects are probably the drum parts and the electronics, although everything on the album is outstanding. It is a multi-layered album that opens new discoveries with every listen.
Naturally, I wanted to have someone from the band on our program so that I could properly give my thanks to the makers of such fine musical craftsmanship.
Janus guitar player Mike Tyranski joined us and we talked a lot about the album, a little about Chevelle and SiriusXM and finally we tied it up with what lies ahead for Janus. I got the impression he wasnâ€™t expecting the praise that I heaped upon him for Nox Aeris. What else can I say? I’m pretty high on this record right now and it’s a great feeling.
Nox Aeris is in stores and Janus is on tour. Make it happen.
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