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by Janu and the Whalesharks

Fictional narratives told in the form of melodic and harmonious song. A sound that incorporates the roots of folk with the modern sound of indie-rock. The vocals blend as one choir-like voice, and the music to back them is unique and eloquently composed.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Journalists
5:04 $0.99
2. Of Laws and Fables
4:56 $0.99
3. Owls
3:55 $0.99
4. Grey
4:46 $0.99
5. Scarecrow
4:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
Janu and the Whalesharks formed as a collective group in February of 2008. Their sound was heavily influenced by the simplicity of early folk artists with the incorporation of a banjo, and mostly acoustic instrumentation. However, the band has now progressed and evolved into something that cannot be described by a single genre. They have found their sound, and the eloquent use of the banjo is still present.
Janu and the Whalesharks' live performances are described as interactive, full of energy, creative, and "good ol' fashion rock n' roll." The musicianship is shockingly elevated, and you would never guess the members ages range from nineteen to twenty-one. The melodious vocals between brother and sister are what grabs the listener immediately, while the story-like lyrics get stuck in their head after the song is over. The catchy and unique music that compliments the vocals brings the whole sound together as a breath of fresh air.



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Andrew Shrader

Eclectic in the Ears
Janu and the Whalesharks are constantly creating catchy tunes that are unlike anything heard by the common eardrum. I've had the pleasure of witnessing their growth and progression as recording artists and performing musicians. Their live show is incredible as it contains a mixture of humor, acoustics, harmonies, and a wide variety of instruments that many have never laid eyes on. All in all, Janu & the Whalesharks are currently a young underground, traveling band playing mostly local shows in southern California but not for long. Catch a gig while you can.

Papa Pappas

You guys never stop amazing me with your unique style and sound. Keep on rockin and pickin. I am so proud of you all.

Kevin Casey

A rare thing...
At the musical core of the group are the strong, genetically aligned voices of siblings Jake and Sarah Pappas. Expanding out, the technical musicianship of the group, as well as their tact, is well beyond what their years would suggest. Arrangements and production are first-rate. The lyrics breathe new life into old themes, or approach new territory with intelligence, wit, and a unique narrative perspective and voice.

The songs themselves and their arrangements defy categories, as much good music does. But these are not Post-modern jig-saw puzzles, with a Hot Jazz piece here and a Bluegrass piece inserted there. Try to boil the songs in this EP down to their individual analogs and antecedents, and you’ll end up with an empty pot and a room full of steam. Instead of sticking to a genre, the music and lyrics adhere each to the other, and grow confidently and organically into unexpected places -- all texture and detail, wonderful harmonies and silences: no slickness, clichés or shortcuts.