Guards @ NYC's the Slipper Room, November 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Guards are set to welcome their debut album, In Guards We Trust, on February 5 via Black Bell/Velvet Vision. Frontman Richie Follin recorded and released Guards' self-titled EP in 2010, with the help of drummer Loren Humphrey, and pieced together a band in order to tour hard in support of it. In Guards We Trust is what that great, practiced live band sounds like: bombastic. You can take a listen to the LP tracks "Silver Lining," "Coming True," and "Ready To Go" at the bottom of this post. In Guards We Trust's cover art and tracklisting is also below.
Guards are set to head out on a US tour later this month. Some of their dates are support slots for Ra Ra Riot or Menomena, and some are headlining shows. One of those headlining shows will be at the Empty Bottle on February 11. Advance tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
All Guards tour dates, some song streams, and album info for In Guards We Trust are below...
Guards - "Ready To Go"
Guards - "Coming True"
Guards - "Silver Lining"
In Guards We Trust
02. Giving Out
03. Ready To Go
04. Silver Lining
05. Heard The News
06. Not Supposed To
07. I Know It's You
08. Coming True
09. Your Man
10. Can't Repair
11. Home Free
Guards -- 2013 Tour Dates
Jan 23 9:30 Club - Washington, DC *
Jan 24 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA *
Jan 25 Webster Hall - New York, NY *
Jan 26 Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA *
Feb 11 The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
Feb 13 High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI ^
Feb 14 The Bishop - Bloomington, IN ^
Feb 15 The Basement - Columbus, OH ^
Feb 16 Zanzabar - Louisville, KY ^
Feb 17 MOTR - Cincinnati, OH
Feb 19 The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC ^
Feb 20 Motorco Music Hall - Durham, NC ^
Feb 21 40 Watt Club - Athens, GA ^
Feb 22 Bottletree Cafe - Birmingham, AL ^
Feb 23 The Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN ^
Feb 26 Firebird - St Louis, MO ^
Feb 27 Mojo's - Columbia, MO ^
Feb 28 The Record Bar - Kansas City, MO ^
Mar 01 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO ^
Mar 02 Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT ^
* w/ Ra Ra Riot
^ w/ Menomena