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Up-And-Comers: Guards

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!

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About the Author


Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kim Phelps found her inspiration and love for music listening to local bands play in the coffeehouses around town. She soon found her own voice as a singer-songwriter, and eventually began playing her own gigs in the coffee shops. Her personal influences include Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, but as an indie musician herself, she has an affinity for any band or artist who pursues creative freedom on the outskirts of the music industry. As our Indie correspondent, Kim makes a point of highlighting up-and-coming independent acts who are creating a buzz and building an audience. When she's not blogging for us or playing in the coffee shops, Kim works as a barista herself to help pay the bills. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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