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Jairus is a post-hardcore band from Kent, UK. Formed in 2001 by vocalist Adam Bray and Dan Lucas, the band quickly garnered a cult following thanks to a series of legendary live-shows. Musically, their style merges the agression of At The Drive-In, Converge or Botch with the tenderness of Radiohead, The National or Joy Division.
Jairus debut-album The Need to Change a Mapmaker, now a classic, was released by Skipworth Records in 2004. It resulted in extensive touring throughout the UK, Europe and Japan. They were picked up by Big Scary Monsters (Algernon Cadwallader, Andrew W.K., Adebesi Shank, Pulled Apart By Horses, Meet Me In St. Louis, Blakfish, Yndi Halda, Jeniferever, ...) who subsequently released their selftitled EP in 2005.
The band split up in 2007 with the departure of vocalist Adam Bray. The rest of the band felt it would not be right to continue without Bray, who's stage performance was unique in many ways.
In 2009, the band's original line-up got back together. This resulted in a low-profile DIY EP called Build My Gallows High, and modest touring. As of september 2011, the band has signed to Holy Ghost Records (UK) and Frontal Noize Records (Europe) for the release of their next EP Streams over Sad parades, due for release in januari 2012. A large release tour will see them playing throughout UK and Europe.
In its 10 year existence, Jairus has played for crowds in 25 different countries. They have been championed and featured by Rock Sound, Terrorizer and Metal Hammer, to name but a few. Played with The Subways, Sepultura, Black Dahlia Murder, Comeback Kid, Fucked Up, The Haunted, Pelican, Shai Hulud, Walls of Jericho, And So I Watch You From Afar and Heaven Shall Burn. Most importantly, they are the only hardcore band ever to lure its audience into real dancing.