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[new]: Guards – Ready To Go

By Will Oliver, January 10th 2013

Guards - Ready To Go

Guards already released two great cuts (“Coming True” & “Silver Lining”) from their debut album In Guards We Trust.

They have another one for us: “Ready To Go.” Just like the previous two songs, “Ready To Go” succumbs to a big chorus that lifts the band up to the clouds. Guards know a thing or two about writing sweeping chorus’, that’s for sure.

In Guards We Trust comes out February 5 via Black Bell Records. Pre-order options are available here.

[new]: Guards – Coming True

By Will Oliver, November 13th 2012 — with 1 comment

Guards are at it again with “Coming True” the 2nd single from their full-length debut, In Guards We Trust. It had to be a good one to contend with the first single “Silver Lining”.

Guards love their buildups, and their agenda is in tact on “Coming True”. A thunderous wailing guitar leads the way, as the song builds and builds, higher, and higher with a little help from Richie Follin’s vocal work.

In Guards We Trust may be the pick-me=up album of 2013. It’s out February 5 via Black Bell.

[mp3]: Guards – Coming True

Catch the music video for “Silver Lining” after the jump.
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[new]: Guards – Silver Lining

By Will Oliver, September 25th 2012

Guards are back with new single “Silver Lining” that continues the excellent vibes that last year’s “Do It Again” left us with (it was one of my favorite songs of the year). Both songs are taken from their debut album In Guards We Trust, which will come out next February 5, via Black Bell and Velvet Vision.

“Silver Lining” is feel good-guitar rock,  faithfully capturing every sense of the phrase. The band sound unstoppable, unable to be contained. This is a good song to help you procrastinate the fact that summer is gone. It can be your very own silver lining.

Stream it below and download it for free all from the band’s soundcloud widget below.

[new]: Guards – Do It Again

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2011 — with 1 comment

Guards new single “Do It Again” is straight up rock goodness. It hits hard with crunchy guitars that just scream summer fun. Sure, it’s December but why get rid of such a feel good aesthetic? It features a simple chorus of “Do It Again” that just sounds so…damn…good.

It’s being released through White Iris Records as a blue vinyl. Download it below.

[mp3]: Guards – Do It Again

[New EP] Guards – Resolution Of One

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2011 — with 1 comment

Guards will release their new Resolution Of One [EP] on May 9th via Kitsuné. It will feature “Resolution Of One”, one of the main songs from their debut release, along with two new songs: “Hear You Call” and “Swimming After Dark”.

If you somehow still haven’t downloaded their incredible Guards EP/mini album, you should really get on that. Stream it below or download it here.

Guards just tweeted that they have a new free EP on bandcamp. It’s a digital 7″, 3 song EP consisting of covers that the band did. The songs that they covered are: Metallica’s “Motorbreath”, Vampire Weekends “Taxi Cab” and M.I.A.’s “Born Free”. Quite an eclectic group of covers.

Stream it below, or download the whole thing via bandcamp. I posted a mp3 of the “Taxi Cab” Cover, as well

[mp3]: Guards – Taxi Cab (Vampire Weekend Cover)

Guards – Resolution of One 7″ (SPR001)

By Will Oliver, October 5th 2010

Small Plates Records is the new record label run by the always fantastic music blogs, I Guess I’m Still Floating & YVYNYL. Both are fantastic blogs, and one can only imagine the great releases that will be on the way.

Their first release is already impressing me a great deal. It’s a 7″ featuring three songs from guards debut ep. You hopefully remember guards, as I liked them a great deal. The 7″ will feature ”Resolution of One” as the a-side, and the double b-side has “Crystal Truth” and “Long Time”.

The 7″ will be on limited to 500 copies on what they describe as “gorgeous multicolored vinyl”.

Pre-Order their first release right here. It’s due out on October 19th.

A EP You Must Download: Guards EP

By Will Oliver, July 22nd 2010 — with 5 comments

So a lot of my favorite music blogs have been buzzing about the Guards EP. I have had it downloaded and ready to go, but I put it aside so I could try and ignore all the hype and give it a fair listen. I finally played it, and wow, this is quite a debut EP.

Guards first hit the spotlight after Cults posted a tweet on their twitter saying that they contributed a song for the guards ep. It linked to a bandcamp page, which is the only place you can find Guards related stuff. On their is the 7 song self titled debut EP, up for free download.

The EP is solid from top to bottom. It opens with the memorable “resolution of one”, then sees Charlift’s very own Caroline Polachek contributing on “trophy queen”. Cults contributed on a song called “sail it slow”, and it’s as great as you’d expect.

Guards came out of no where but surely impressed everyone that downloaded this EP. All of the songs are memorable slices of sunny retro pop. The songs may be called lo-fi, but these guys have the mindset of songs that would fair very well with good production.

One thing’s for sure: The person/s behind Guards are no amateurs. These guys know damn well how to play.

Do yourself a favor and download the entire EP over at their bandcamp right now. If you want a quick taste before you are sold, posted below are my favorite cuts:

[mp3]: guards – resolution of one
[mp3]: guards – sail it slow (feat. CULTS)
[mp3]: guards – long time

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Over the past few years, I began to wonder if we’d ever get new music again from The Last Shadow Puppets. Getting new material would have been enough for me too. But the fact that they returned to not only give us Everything You’ve Come To Expect, one of the best albums of the year so far (the thing continues to grow and grow on me), but also some new live dates – well that’s just the cherry on top.

On April 11 they return to New York for a performance at Webster Hall, a very intimate venue for the group, whose stock has risen considerably just based on the fact that Arctic Monkeys grew so much with the release of AM, and the name of Turner has to be one of the most searched terms on tumblr. All jokes aside, the absence of Alex Turner and Miles Kane from the music scene as The Last Shadow Puppets only made the people crave a live show that much more, and the fact that it was held at Webster Hall made tickets that harder to get.
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In late May hard-hitting rockers FIDLAR and METZ brought their tour to Bowery Ballroom for the first of a sold out two-night run, with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg coming the following night. This was a duel-headlining tour, with the two bands rotating as headliners each night. The show featuring an opening set from Brooklyn’s Honduras, who seem to be opening all the hot shows this year.

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Canadian rockers METZ released their second self-titled album METZ II earlier in the year via Sub Pop, and they brought it’s hard-hitting garage rock jams to life with purpose. The crowd didn’t waste anytime working up a sweat, throwing their bodies willingly into one another, with beer flying in the air almost in cinematic fashion. This was my first time seeing them live since their breakthrough CMJ run in 2012, and they were just as good, if not better, than I recalled.

The fun continued with L.A. punk-rockers FIDLAR, who took the shows reckless nature to even further heights. Their set was a rapturous ball of energy that just begs for bodies to be flying at all angles, with crowd-surfers working together around the clock. Their set had Bowery Ballroom crowd so crazy that midway through their powerhouse set the venue had to put one of their security guards on stage alongside them. I’ve seen countless shows at Bowery, but this was a first.

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It speaks volumes to FIDLAR, who are able to summon this kind of free spirit chaos at a moments notice, making it all seem effortless. But that’s not to say that frontman Zach Carper and the rest of the group aren’t ready to throw their bodies onto the floor in dramatic fashion when need be. They put their all into their performance, and the crowd takes notice and responds.

They’ll return with their sophomore album Too on September 4 via Mom + Pop Music. It’s bound to be the soundtrack to latenight shitshows around college campuses everywhere. And that’s the way it should be.
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