Since forming a couple of years ago in New York City, indie-rock outfit Guards has been getting a lot of attention in the blogosphere, garnering positive reviews from such outlets as Pitchfork and getting onto Spin Magazine’s “can’t miss” list for last year’s CMJ Music Festival after the release of their debut EP (available for free download here).
Now, with a full-length release titled In Guards We Trust due out next February, their single “Coming True” is once again causing buzz on the Internet, and with good reason. With a simple chunky guitar riff and a beach-rock vibe, this song is extremely catchy, and makes me very excited to hear what the rest of the album will sound like.
Granted, Guards has a few connections within the indie scene. Founder Richie James Follin is the brother of Madeline Follin, one-half of indie-pop duo Cults; he has also played guitar for the band on tour. Additionally, Follin and bandmate Loren Shane Humphrey have a history as part of the garage rock band The Willowz. I can hear the influences from both acts in Guards’ overall sound.
If this single is any indication, we should be hearing a lot more about Guards in the not-so-distant future. Meanwhile, take a listen to “Coming True” below, and see what you think!