One of our very favorite albums of 2013 so far is the debut album from the New York City band, Guards. The band released In Guards We Trust in early February. Filled with instantly memorable ready-for-the-radio and blissful pop rock nuggets, the band were featured on World Cafe the week of the album’s release. You can listen to their performance and interview here. The band returns to Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 5th opening for Best Coast at the TLA. Go here for tickets. Below, watch the new video for “Ready To Go,” that had its premiere on mtvU.
Best Coast and Guards are performing at the TLA on Wednesday, June 5th. Guards’ debut album, In Guards We Trust was recently released and they were on World Cafe with David Dye. Listen to the show here. Tickets go on sale this Friday. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, listen to a few covers by Guards of songs by Motorhead, Vampire Weekend, and M.I.A.
The Brooklyn indie-rock band Guards visited World Cafe with David Dye earlier this month to perform songs from their debut album, In Guards We Trust. Below, download “Coming True” from the session.
This month (and this month only) World Cafe is offering free downloads of performances from bands including Calexico, Lord Huron, the Afghan Whigs, Alt-J, John Fullbright, Freelance Whales, Stars, Nick Waterhouse, Allen Stone, The Kopecky Family Band, Sea Wolf, Trey Anastasio, Minus The Bear, Father John Misty and others. Download the entire collection, while they last until March 1st, here.
As if Ra Ra Riot isn’t already a solid reason to head to Union Transfer tonight, Richie Follin gives you another in a word: Guards. The younger brother of Cults’ Madeline Follin, Richie is equally talented and just as interested in the retro-pop sound that made his sister’s band so critically successful. Listening to Richie’s Guards EP from 2009 and the singles from his upcoming debut album, In Guards We Trust, it’s not surprising that Richie has played guitar for Cults when the duo toured. His music is distinct from his sister’s band, though, especially on the new album, even if his hair cut is …exactly like hers. Catch his polished, dark-tinged pop project when he opens for Ra Ra Riot. Tickets and information for the all ages show are available here. Below, watch Follin’s band in their new music video for the track “Silver Lining,” via IFC.com.
One of our favorite new bands, Guards, premiered its ultra-catchy single “Ready To Go” yesterday on Pitchfork. It’s the second single from the band’s forthcoming album, In Guards We Trust, out February 5th on Black Bell Records. Listen to it in the player below – you’ll love having this one stuck in your head. Guards opens for Ra Ra Riot at Union Transfer on January 24th. Find tickets and information here.
XPN Welcomes emerging indie three-piece Guards to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The New York project is spearheaded by Richie James Follin, frontman for Willowz and a former live guitarist for Cults (which his sister Madeline sings for). The group’s doom-meets-power pop vibe makes their seven-track EP an unexpected dance party staple, which you can pick for free below. Tickets to tonight’s 21+ show are available on our concert calendar here; the performance starts at 7:30.
Guards debuted a new song today on Stereogum called “Coming True.” It’s from the band’s forthcoming album, In Guards We Trust, out February 5th on Black Bell Records. Guards are Richie James Follin, Loren Humphrey & Kaylie Church and it’s almost impossible to not break out in gleeful pop joy when listening to the band’s reverbed jangly power pop-rock anthems (think Teenage Fanclub, Ride, Big Star, Foreigner). Go here to download “Coming True.” Below, listen to “Silver Lining,” another song from the band’s forthcoming album. You have two chances to see the band in our area. On Friday, December 7th they’ll be at Kung Fu Necktie in Philly; the following night, Saturday, December 8th they play the Chameleon Club in Lancaster. Go to our new concert calendar here (powered by The Swollen Fox) for more information.