Janus 4-14 – “Rest of Our Lives”

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When they formed about six years ago, North Carolina-based band Janus 4-14 decided to name themselves after the robot in the Woody Allen film Sleeper. It was a fun name choice for a band that only intended to play one show, at the time. That one show transformed into a focused project with several full albums, with their second – Again & Again & Again – dropping this¬†February 12th. They recorded it with rock great Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Pavement, Let’s Active) at his Fidelitorium Studio in Kernersville, NC. He and the group have put something great together, evidenced by the track “Rest of Our Lives”; it shows what Janus 4-14 excel at – an excitable series of jangly guitars, anthemic vocals, and a ceaseless energy and capacity for hooks – much in the ilk of The Hold Steady of Lemonheads. As the wordless chorus around 02:40 starts to cap things off, most listeners will find it difficult to deny the group’s fun energy.

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Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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