When the lead singer of a band describes his debut album as "musical theater," you never know what you're going to get. Personally, that statement made me think that it could be as thick on the cheese as The Darkness was back in the day. On the other hand, it could be a sonic cluster. Sufjan Steven's Illinoise
comes to mind with its lush instrumentation and catchy melodies. Turns out The Janks are neither. Their debut album, Hands Of Time
, is undeniably theatrical—but not in the way that one might expect. They successfully mix genres like classic rock, blues, and folk with dynamic melodies to tell the story of a boy coming from a broken home with universal appeal to all types of ears.