The Julian Day – What’s In A Name?

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Kuniyoshi Ghosts of the Taira Clan

The Julian Day began recording immediately after the Winter Solstice of 2010 and posted their first song “Policy” on reverbnation during the first week of January, 2011. With the days growing longer, they felt something in the air. And then came the Arab Spring and The Julian Day were in what Shakespeare once called, “a fine frenzy rolling.”

Immersed at a young age in the songs of the great singer/songwriters of the 70s and the experimentation of 80s bands like New Order, U2 and Echo and The Bunnymen, The Julian Day fuses the two to offer a wholly new sound for 2014 that amps it up while stripping it down.

With The Julian Day you’ll find good songwriting mixed with just enough instrumentation to drive the songs along. Working with the idea that art is best when nothing can be added and nothing can be taken away, The Julian Day seeks to engage the listener head-on. Spare and spartanized, these songs have just the right amount of color and texture while offering brief lessons in the game of life.

“For those of you wondering why we chose the name “The Julian Day.” To the best of our knowledge the “actual” julian day is the day inserted into the month of February every leap year. This is the day that balances the calendar and literally balances time. In a world where everyone and everything seems hell-bent on throwing us and the entire world out of sync:”

“We like the idea of achieving balance and evening things out to create a harmonious wholeness.”

Even if achieving that means first, throwing everything out of whack. It’s only when we experience chaos that we define our truest foundations.

Our first EP is called Sohei.

Sohei in Japanese means literally “monk warriors” or enlightened soldiers. Lofty title right? We’re doing our best.

With Sohei we’ve created what we believe is a powerful musical document that underlines the struggle for a higher spiritual and emotional connection to humanity that is musically and thematically coherent. We’re not interested in singles. We want all of the songs to contribute to a homogenous, and sonically courageous whole; each song contributing to a unified statement. We’re hoping you all will enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed, and are enjoying creating it.

“NY indie rock sound of the future.” – Nikolaos Liolios, IndieFunda Project

“Listening to The Julian Day’s catalog, I discovered that this was not a band that conformed to any traditional playbook. None of their songs are by any means traditional. While their eclecticism may not be everyone, it is part of the charm that makes this band worth listening to. It’s difficult to draw comparisons with any other artist, as The Julian Day has certainly created a sound they can call their own.” – Brad Madison, Soundvaults

“Strong distinctive sound and blend of west/east, old/new, melody/poetry … a real pleasure to listen to. Looking forward to hearing more.” – Greg Charles/A Nice Vibe, San Francisco

Listen: http://soundcloud.com/thejulianday

Aloha Maui Mixed Plate Music Video Fest…

We’re working on creating the First Maui Music Video Festival and are looking for Alternative, Rock, Experimental and Electronic artists to take part. There’s no submission fee. Date is May 15th. Bands are not required to come to Maui.

We need the original video directly from you or a link where we can download it. Beyond that we’re going to need a 30 second blurb with your band name, song description, and a shout out to your fans.
You can reach us at lord.greystoke77@gmail.com

Characteristics of Hemingway’s Code Hero…

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Characteristics of Hemingway’s Code Hero:

· Hemingway defined the Code Hero as “a man who lives correctly, following the ideals of honor, courage and endurance in a world that is sometimes chaotic, often stressful, and always painful.”

· The Code Hero measures himself by how well he handles the difficult situations that life throws at him. He faces these experiences of life with grace (“grace under pressure”). In the end the Code Hero will lose because we are all mortal, but the true measure is how a person faces death. He or she may not win the game, but they are going to play it on their own terms.

· The Code Hero is stoic (seemingly indifferent to the pleasures and pains of like) in his or her acceptance of the hardships of life.

· The Code Hero is typically an individualist and free-willed. Although he believes in the ideals of courage and honor he has his own set of morals and principles based on his beliefs in honor, courage and endurance. A code hero never shows emotions; showing emotions and having a commitment to women shows weakness. Qualities such as bravery, adventurousness and travel also define the Code Hero.

· The rite of manhood for the Code Hero is facing death. However, once he faces death bravely and becomes a man he must continue the struggle and constantly prove himself to retain his manhood