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If you like your indie rock dipped in bright neon colors, with shout-along, arm-waving crowd choruses sung by yin-yanged boy/girl voices and melodies that linger for days—well, welcome to the Guards party! How about pealing church bells, cartwheeling tambourines, and verses that drip with youthful, melancholic desire? Come on in. Nearly every song on In Guards We Trust is dance-worthy, with perky guitars, soaring codas, and a celebratory fuse burning from the get-go. Songs like "Heard the News" and "Nightmare" have the swagger (in a sweet, fist-pumping way) of a teen boy after his first real kiss, with keyboards and guitars full of effervescent energy. There's also a wholesomeness to this New York group that's uniquely refreshing: "Silver Lining" has so much winsome bounce and layered vocals that it recalls vintage girl-group pop in its shiniest moments, as frontman Richie Follin pines: "I wanna have a happy home/a home for you and me." Family-tree note: Follin is the brother of Madeline Follin of the duo Cults, and their stepfather is Paul Kostabi, a founding member of the hell-raising horror band White Zombie. This apple rolled pretty far from the tree.

Customer Reviews

Typical Hipster Music

Nothing very original about this album. It sounds like 100s of other hipster bands out there


Solid album from start to finish. They def found their sound on this record

Great album

I really like this album found this on the bound to Austin section I really like their sound reminds me of a mix of black kids and more of a rock type band like the shins


Formed: 2010 in New York City, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Psychedelic pop combo Guards came together after Richie James Follin of the band Willowz began writing and recording with his sister Madeline Follin's band, Cults, as a side project between tours. In 2010, after receiving booking offers from songs he'd posted online, he formed a permanent lineup to join his vocals and guitar in Kaylie Church on keyboards/vocals and Loren Humphrey, also of Willowz, on drums. The same year, they signed with 3 Syllables Records and released an eponymous debut EP. After...
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