Most bands start when the members are in their early-twenties, move to the city, stick around for a few years, implode, start families and get real jobs. Janus 4-14, named after a service robot in Woody Allen’s “Sleeper”, did it, as usual, backwards. Now most of them are in their mid-thirties, married with kids (9 total!) and are on the verge of releasing their first album.
Their music, like their live shows, consists of sweaty, energetic, rock-n-roll with punk overtones. There is a strong 90’s influence for sure; but, for those that delve beneath the surface, they’ll find a wide variety of musical references hiding beneath the interconnected story lines and hummable melodies.
Their self-titled debut was recorded by Mitch Easter. Not only is Mitch a great songwriter in his own right (Let’s Active), he’s produced some of the touchstones of Janus 4-14’s musical childhood (R.E.M., Pavement etc). With this album they’re hoping to show everyone what they’re about and where they hope to go.