Hmm these guys sound familiar…
They should! Guards is highly underrated (though a recent blurb on Pitchfork might see to that). Their doo-wop indie pop is not quite like any other soft-voiced and hazy-tuned band around, though they’ve unfortunately been a little overlooked — or “under the radar,” if you want to put an exclusive spin on it.
Frontman Richie Follin is brother to Madeline Follin of Cults. And we all know how well they’ve done. But to be frank, Guards offers something a little more adventurous: think skinny jeans at a ‘50s prom. You’ve got your slow-dance tracks like Long Time, with pretty-pain lyrics of “I’ve tried for a long time/I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine,” and electric sock-hop shuffles on Don’t Wake The Dead. The best, though, is Crystal Truth, a track that pairs hip-swaying rhythms with a simply gorgeous organ.
American Hipster Bandstand?
They would make nightly appearances. But because that isn’t really a show, you should listen to them on Bandcamp and then see them. now They’re playing this Wednesday (October 17) at Glasslands in Brooklyn, and a tour with Ra Ra Riot follows in December. Think of it as your chance for redemption if you missed the boat on their sister act.