If you don’t believe in guardian angels, believe in Guards to guide you down the melancholic, rock-centric road. This threesome caught our attention in California where we threw our hands in the air to their Coachella debut. They didn’t need much time to make a lasting impression on us and we spent the entire set nodding our heads in amazement. With faces hidden by long hippy hair and preppy suits and dresses to boot, Guards revisited old school rock with lush lyrics drawing from broken hearts. But this isn’t their first outing, the indie rock trio released their first LP last February and have already enjoyed acclaim from critics and fans in abundance. Their musical and stylistic influence hails the ’60s mixing upbeat melodic pop with a rocky edge – they’re a true mix of old and young. (NB: You won’t be surprised to hear that lead singer Richie Follin is the brother of Cults’ lead singer Madeline Follin. In fact, a handful of the songs Follin has released with Guards began their lives as Cults tunes!) When it comes to fashion, Guards cut quite a striking figure with Richie and Loren squeezing into skinny pants and shirts and Kylie rocking some of the cutest mini dresses we’ve yet to see – all with a ’70s twist.
Recently returned from their Coachella experience, we had a chat with the threesome who kindly also supplied their favourite tracks of the summer.
You’ve just come back from Coachella how was that?
Surreal. It exceeded all expectations. We had so much fun.
How would you describe your music to someone who’d never heard i before?
Psych power Pop Rock.
What can we expect from In Guards We Trust?
What was the inspiration behind it?
A lot of the record was written while we were in the van touring for the EP…so, traveling inspired a lot of it.
What are some of your must-haves when touring?
A book, noise canceling headphones, iPad or comp filled with movies, recording equipment and vitamins.
Who are some of your favourite bands of the moment?
Which artist or band would be your dream collaboration?
Check out their tour dates here and see their playlist for the summer below complete with their annotations.
The Action: “Brain”
We love the wahwah peddle guitar part
The Zombies: “whenever you’re ready”
How can you not love Colin Blunstone’s voice?
Can: “Vitamin C”
We love the drum groove.
Count Five: “Psychotic Reaction”
One of our favorite garage songs. Isn’t it everyone’s?
The Flamingos: “I only have eyes for you”
This is our favorite slow dance song
Francoise Hardy: “En T’Attendant”
We love her voice. It’s so easy to get lost in it.
Iggy & The Stooges: “Shake Appeal”
How can you not love the guitar line of James Williamson
Jacques Dutronc: “Et Moi Et Moi Et Moi”
We love the production: Raw but innocent.
James Brown & The Famous Flames: “Please Please Please”
Um, Because he’s the godfather of soul.
Little Richard : “Long Tall Sally”
He has the greatest Rock n Roll voice of all time. Period.