Guards release their new single, 'I Know It's You' on 8th July 2013. It is taken from their debut album 'In Guards We Trust' out now through Partisan Records.
Following their recent explosive visit to Europe, New York City's Guards ready another reverb-heavy, fuzz-pop tune from their acclaimed debut album.
Arguably one of the most exciting live bands of the moment, Guards were one of the stand-out acts at Coachella and indeed this year's Great Escape in Brighton. It's a fizzing show that takes the blueprint of their debut album, ‘In Guards We Trust’, and sends it stratospheric.
The debut record itself erupts from the speakers, a whirlwind of Phil Spector atmospherics, stomping drums, hazy spiralling guitar lines, and harmony-drenched psychedelic pop vocals. The songs harness big hooks and choruses with enough fuzz-pedal to keep things suitably lo-fi, but with more melodies in each song than many bands manage over the course of an album.
You might be aware of Guards’ protagonist already. Richie Follin is the guitarist in indie-pop band Cults. While on tour, Follin and Cults drummer Loren Humphrey (who Follin worked with in garage-rock band The Willowz) spent much of their downtime writing songs and getting ideas down onto tape. The resulting demos, with Follin on lead vocals, sounded fresh and exciting, and thus Guards were born. The band became a very real prospect when LA friend, Kaylie Church joined on keyboards and dual-vocals.
The innate understanding that Follin and Humphrey have built through years of practice and global touring together is unmistakable, and the addition Kaylie Church’s restrained vocal presence acts as a huge weapon in Guards’ arsenal throughout the record.
‘I Know It's You’ is a pulsating gem, and another assured example of why Guards' profile is ever-expanding across the globe.