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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

Lollapalooza Announces 2013 Lineup

By Will Oliver, April 1st 2013 — with 2 comments

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Today Lollapalooza announced their 2013 lineup, and it’s a good one. Headliners are The Cure, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, The National, New Order, Queens Of The Stone Age, and (bleh) Mumford & Sons.

Then you got Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Band Of Horses, Major Lazer, Hot Chip, Local Natives, Two Door Cinema Club, Crystal Castles, Lana Del Rey, Beach House, Cat Power, Frightened Rabbit, Alt-J, Foals, Smith Westerns, The Vaccines, Father John Misty, DIIV, Heartless Bastards, Haim, Jessie Warem Wild Nothing, Wavves, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Icona Pop, Jake Bugg, Guards, Palma Violets, The Orwells, and more.

Lolapalooza takes place this August 2-4 in Grant Park. All options are sold out other than single day passes, which are $95 and go on sale April 3.

[SXSW] Black Lips @ Cedar Street Courtyard (March 15, 2013)

By Will Oliver, March 15th 2013 — with 1 comment

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The Black Lips have quite the reputation with their live shows, and tonight’s show in Austin, Texas certainly didn’t disappoint. I didn’t plan to do any SXSW coverage until I came home, but tonight’s show was just too much not to post.

They played a wild and energetic set that sent the crowd into an immediate frenzy. The security at Cedar Street Courtyard clearly aren’t trained or smart enough to handle such a crowd. As expected the show cause a wild mosh pit that sent bodies flying into each other, beers slung at all angles, and all that good stuff. Immediately it was apparent these security guards weren’t ready for this as they began jumping into the crowd mid-set, stopping some moshing and crowd surfer. A young security guard didn’t hesitate to shove a fan like a linebacker as a fan attempted to stave dive. Of course there were some people who deserved to be escorted out. However, it set the tone for the night that nothing would be accepted.

The band played an incredibly tight and fun set that was undeniably a highlight of a week of highlights so far. The crowd was really into it, and continued their ways. All of us were able to co-exist for only so long. As the band kicked into “Bad Kids”, the shit hit the fan. Things got so bad that one security guard tackled a fan from the stage taking some fans down with him. Immediately the band stopped and called out security for their hasty overreaction. They tired to kick back into it but things went back to the way they were, if not worse.

It was game over after another fan attempted to stave dive (a normal thing at punk shows) and a meat-head bouncer took a vicious swing at him that almost landed on a bunch of innocent fans in the front row. This turned the crowd into an angry mob that was ready to eat security up, also causing the band to take things into their own hand.

Cole Alexander ended up getting into the face of security and things got heated very fast, sending the band against the security guards whose job it is to protect the band. Pretty ironic, isn’t it?

The Black Lips put on a killer show that will not be forgotten. Although it got overshadowed by the chaotic finish, it proved to me that the Black Lips are willing to fight for their fans, which is a respectable thing.

The security staff at Cedar Street Courtyard should really be evaluated after tonight, and the security guard who threw a big punch should lose his job.



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