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Karen Stewart, The Sun (Scotland’s best selling newspaper)
Barfly, The Janes - Jan 20th
Headliners The Janes pack a punch that’s laden with edgy lyrics, strong beats and a gutsy guitar-based sound that demands to be taken seriously. Together with lead singer Aileen/Ailsy Pattison’s husky vocals, it’s hard not to like their balshy attitude.
The two main tracks on the band's new release [This is my life/There Is No Them Only Us (double A-side single)], are exactly the type of up-beat rock anthems that this five-piece pull-off so well. Catchy pop songs that stay in your head and have you humming down the street - even if it is minus five.
As regular faces on the Scottish music scene, The Janes are always guaranteed to pull in a crowd of punters desperate to hear more of their soul-infused pop and tonight proved to be no exception.
Definitely ones to watch in 2005, it won’t be long before this up-coming band become a household name.
Fiona McKinlay, Metro and Is this Music Magazine (one of Scotland’s leading music magazines)

Occupying the middle ground between radio friendly pop rockers Speedway and the sexy rock 'n' roll of The Duke Spirit, everyone who was disappointed by the flimsy flotsam that was Charlotte Hatherley's debut solo album should check out The Janes. If Kelly Jones swapped places with PJ Harvey for a day, the Stereophonics would probably sound something like this: sassy, powerful, female vocals over a backing band who quite simply must have grown up on a staple diet of eighties and nineties indie.

Jim Gellatly, Beat 106 (Scotland’s leading radio station for unsigned acts)

“Absolutely stunning new band.”

Music Press – (Leading UK music website covering signed and unsigned acts)

Glasgow rockers The Janes seem to be on the verge of mainstream success and if the rest of their songs are as good as these it shouldn’t be long before they’re playing on Top of the Pops, they are pop enough to gain mainstream success whilst demonstrating enough originality and talent to maintain critical acclaim.
For me the thing that stands out most about this band is singer Aileen Pattison, the first thing I thought was that she sounded kind of like Alanis Morissette but that’s lazy journalism really, she’s a lot better than that. The music is heavily influenced by 80’s indie, U2 Joshua Tree era springs to mind although theirs is a much more complex sound than that, taking in more modern influences as well.
This CD is a double A-side, opening track ‘There Is No Them Only Us’ starts rather aggressively but is instantly likeable one of those tracks that you love from the very first time you hear it. ‘This Is My Life’ is a real gem of a track with a steady beat throughout it’s a warm track and leaves you feeling fulfilled. Even B-side ‘All I Want Is Everything’ is a top track and could quite easily be a single in it’s own right. This is a first class single, there should be a copy in every home. The fact that I cannot think of a single criticism says a lot about just how good The Janes are.



The Big Issue (Roger McStravick)
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Single : There Is No Them Only Us

Female fronted rock bands are a rarity in Scotland and The Janes are a
welcome sight. The Lanarkshire 5 piece are fronted by Glasgow’s very own
Stevie Nicks, Ailsy Pattison. Ailsy’s voice quivers emotionally over lyrics
that touch you like a young Chrissy Hynde.

Their new single There Is No Them Only Us, is a power stomp with a chorus
that has major labels dribbling involuntarily. The mixture of the fresh
arrangements, 80’s guitars and Ailsy’s unique tones take the songs to a much
more seductive and haunting place.

This is not an MOR cliché ridden rawwk band, this is clever, intuitive and
well written songs.
Lazy comparisons may be made to Texas, but Texas did not have anywhere near
the originality or depth of The Janes. Spiteri will be spitting in her
spittoon when she hears The Janes.

A million dollar talent.

Catch The Janes live, if you can get in, at The Arches, Glasgow on 9th of
June.

A and R Online – leading US music press website
A&R Online recommends The Janes

In the vein of U2 and Simple Minds, (with a fabulous chick singer), The Janes come across as the next big stadium rock band and let's face it we can never get enough of those! This band is truly inspired, with hits and star quality just dripping off them. I think that's all that needs to be said.
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Discography

Turn ep released independently in August 2003
Throw ep released April 2004
This is my life/There is no them only us (double A-side single) released in April 2005
Stations/Shining (double A-side single) scheduled for release in September 2005

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Bio

The Janes grew up together in Glasgow, Scotland and got together in the current line up in April 2003.

The Janes are: Ailsy (vocals), Paul (guitars), Kenny (drums), Grant (bass), Scott (guitars)

Influenced by artists as diverse as Ryan Adams, Starsailor, U2 and The Jesus and Mary Chain; The Janes are, like all the best emotive guitar bands, more than the sum of their parts. Their goal is to make you feel like they do, to bring the listener into their joy, anger, love and rejection, Tales of unrequited love and longing abound in their writing – which is ruthlessly honest. This is a band who are not pretending. They don’t know how to lie.

The Janes are playing to standing room only crowds in the UK. They are regular fixtures on the Glasgow and London scenes. The band signed to North American management (Toronto’s Visual Planet music) in July 2004 after a successful run in the Sony and Colombia Emergenza event;

The Janes’ new single There is no them only us was launched at Glasgow’s legendary King Tuts Wahwah Hut on 2 April 2005 and at London’s Covent Garden Roadhouse venue on 9 April. Reviews have been plentiful and all ecstatic about the band and their potential for international success. The Janes write hits. They are pop enough for the mainstream and creative enough to maintain critical acclaim.

Next steps? – Plans are being finalized for record company showcases in the US over summer 2005 months and to take the band to Toronto to finish an album for independent release.