Ears Wide Open: The Janks


L.A. rockers the Janks have stuffed a whole lot of rock history into their sack full of tunes “Hands of Time” (out Sept. 27) – so much, in fact, their debut album threatens to split at the seams. Classic rock, sprawling glam-tinged arrangements, shimmering balladry, blues stomps, lovingly twangy folk: The Janks’ principals, brothers Zack and Dylan Zmed along with Garth Herberg, cover a lot of geography in their meditations on youth and its waning. “Dead Man,” with its Sin City chorus, may be what the Janks do best, but the blues blast “Demon Dance,” the classic rock freakout in “Rat Racers” and the slow burner “Billy the Kid” reveal an admirable range in a bunch of guys who aren’t afraid to experiment.

||| Download: “Dead Man” via the Pop Up Live page on Facebook, where the Janks are among 50 L.A. bands offering free downloads.


||| Live: The Janks celebrate their album release with a show Sept. 22 at the Bootleg Theater.

||| Watch: After the jump, check out the video for “Dead Man”: