Guest Blog: Huntress Frontwoman Jill Janus, Part 2
Jill Janus is the vocalist of heavy-metal act Huntress. The band released its sophomore album, Starbound Beast, earlier this year. Currently the group is on the road with Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Testament. Below, the vocalist contributes the second in a series of guest blogs.
Huntress is now on tour with Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Testament. We’re blazing through North America and having a killer time. Since the last time I wrote, we’ve stormed stages in Columbus, Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City, Grand Prairie, Socorro and Denver. The pace at which this tour moves is rapid, but that doesn’t prevent us having fun with our new tour buddies. Since we’re the opening act, we learned quickly to remain humble and keep our humility. Especially when Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler has been hanging our dressing room sign in venue bathrooms across America. Or outside venues on Port-a-Potties.
I’ve also been hunting down food late night with Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe. I really admire his vocal approach. It’s been inspiring to watch Randy perform and command the crowd nightly. I have a whole new respect and appreciation for all three metal bands on this tour. We watch from side stage, not only learning from the musicians, but also from their crews. Everyone is really helpful and efficient.
Killswitch Engage lit up the sold out Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on October 30. It’s been exciting to see the audience react to Jesse Leach, having returned as frontman of KSE in 2012. There’s still a steady buzz swirling around his presence. It’s thrilling to perform in some of the most beautiful theatres in North America. The Argon Ballroom is indeed one of the most exquisite theatres I’ve ever seen. And all those ghosts whispering in the wings…
Now that Huntress is mid-tour, we’re feeling a sense of newfound confidence. We understand the motion of the production and how to navigate through the intensity of a mega tour. Stay positive, stay cool and stay the fuck outta the way. You can’t ever get too comfortable. Being self-reliant is vital when you’re an opening act. We don’t have crew or a merch person, so we must be on top of our game. And with all our responsibilities, Huntress must deliver a stellar performance nightly.
I have an incredible band who’ve become my family. None of this would be possible without them. It has been rewarding to see each of my band mates become stronger performers. It’s been a whirlwind for Huntress and we’ve all managed to stay sane. I feel that I’ve be able to control my emotions by surrendering to the road and ditching female drama. Sure, it creeps back at least once a month during the full moon and my period--they always coincide. I issue red alerts to the boys and typically lock myself in the van after shows for a three day span, with a steady supply of Xanax and weed. Truth!
Check back next week when my band and I attempt to work out with Chris and Willie Adler. I don’t own sneakers--good thing I brought my stilettos.