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April 12, 2019

Guards Share “Beacon” Track | New LP ‘Modern Hymns’ Out 5/22 Via AWAL

“”Beacon” breathes life from a sleeping giant back into the soundscape with the subtle shout of vocalist Rickie James Follin riding the wave of a catchy hook and walking drum line.”
– PopMatters“Sonically, the album is more synth and bass-heavy than the Guards have ever gone before. Lyrically, the group delves deeper into the spectrum of human emotion…Recording the album over such a lengthy period of time gives the album a wide mix of moods.”
– Glide Magazine“‘Last Stand,’ an absolute stunner of a single that stands as one of 2019’s best.”
– The 405

“Follin sings over a cavernous gallop of drums and fuzzed out bass, eventually developing into a chamber pop opera replete with harmonized vocals and churning strings.”
– Under The Radar

“…catchy, anthemic pop, as you can hear on new single “Last Stand.” 
 – BrooklynVegan

Guards have shared the new track “Beacon”. Recently they released the video for the single “Last Stand” as well as the single “Take My Mind”. Before that, the band announced their first LP in 6 years entitled Modern Hymns. It will be out 5/22 via AWAL.

When talking about the track Rickie James Follin says, “Beacon” is a letter I wrote to my daughter before she was born. She is 3 now and dislikes most songs with reverb so she isn’t into it haha. The message is essentially to not listen to what “they” tell you. Sonically, the song has a heavy bass synth sound with some horns sprinkled in. Structurally, the song veers into a cinematic kind of atmosphere by the end of it.”