Get Your Guards On

3 Jan


Like you, I’m always sitting on tons of music to check out and for some reason it took me a while to get to this one – I really like the new EP from the NYC band Guards. Guards are the work of singer and guitar player Richie James Follin; some of you may know of his work with The Willowz or this overlooked solo albvum. The “story” threads go something like this: Richie’s sister is Madeline Follin, one half of the band Cults. Guards don’t have a myspace page (really, who the heck cares anyway) or a Facebook page. Just this or this. After returning from a European tour he wound up in a studio and made this record, a seven song EP which is alarmingly great. Follin does the 60’s garage/psychedelia/doo-wop thing sifted through the indierock filter really well. Caroline Polachek of Chairlift is on the album, as are Cults. There are times when the songs remind me a bit like Tame Impala and the psychedelic indierock soul of Hacienda. Or maybe very early Primal Scream meets the Byrds at their most jangly-C86 mode. If you like the pop playground where bands like Summer Camp, Girls, Kurt Vile, and Bethany romp around, then you’ll dig Guards. The album has a pretty rad “Let Me Roll It” McCartney styled fuzz doo-wop indie jam called “Crystal Truth” that’s just incredible. And at the price of free, what more can you ask for? (Not that free should matter or anything….and hey, bands do need to eat and pay their rent). Download the EP here. Enjoy the tune below from the EP.

Download: Don’t Wake The Dead – Guards

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