Band anthems. Some people love them, others despise the popular ones and stick to discussions on the b-sides. Me – I’m a fan. I’m not nearly that indulgent of my own critiques (well…maybe not entirely) to say a song isn’t good just because it’s one of the reasons there are fans buying tickets to see them. Hell, even some bands that wrote the song to begin with go against them. MGMT…cough cough. But whatever your reasons may be, there is no denying that these anthems represent the best part of the live experience – that moment of transcendent bliss nudged along with a few hoppy beers that culminates with the loud wail of sound and fun.
Cold Cave’s “Underworld USA.” Japandroids’ “The House That Heaven Built.” Tanlines’ “All of Me.” Twin Shadow’s “Beg For The Night.” These are just a few of the memorable ones for me, live or in studio, from this past year. And with just about a month left, I’ve got one more to add to the list. The Richie Follin-led Guards just dropped their latest single entitled “Coming True” from their forthcoming LP In Guards We Trust (out 2-5-13 via Black Bell) and it is a no nonsense foot-kicking-open-the-door hit. Featuring a wailing chorus, Richie hits all the right notes here as he let’s know all about “a girl like you”. Listen in below.
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Written by Greg Dahman
Guards is the side project of Willowz frontman, Richie James Follin. I felt compelled to share it with you as it has been blowing up my headphones and I expect a big year from this project in 2012. You can dig on the free 7 song EP that also features 2011 breakout band Cults on the track “Sail it Slow.” Buzz band blood lines give this project instant credibility as Follin is the brother of Cults lead singer Madelline, and occasionally moonlights on guitar for the band. Sometimes it just runs in the family. The first week in December, Guards released a 7″ entitled Do it Again. If you like The War on Drugs’ Slave Ambient from earlier this year, then you will like Guards.
Watch “I See it Coming” below:
Written by Brett McGrath