March 11, 2019
Guards Share “Last Stand” Video | New LP ‘Modern Hymns’ Out 5/22 Via AWAL
“‘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.”
Guards have shared the video for their recently released single “Last Stand”. Just a little over two weeks ago, 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, “Born into hell I had to fight to survive/ I barely made it out of there alive/ and when you tell me that’s all in vain/ I pray about it just to ease the pain/ that step you’re taking it could be your last/ to be forgotten yeah it’s just the past/ I know it now that we could turn this tide/ so this step right here will be my greatest stride/ last stand/ we’re getting over while we can/last stand/ we’re getting over while we can/ we’re getting over while we can/we’re getting over while we can/we’re getting over while we can/ sweet velvet vision in the rising sun/ well I’ve come to say that you’re the only one/ and when you see me in the dead of night/ well all I ask is that you treat me right/ now hop aboard this is our exit train/ and once we leave it’s never quite the same/ we’re here to make it never going back/ let’s never fake it let the shadows cast/ last stand/ we’re getting over while we can/last stand/ we’re getting over while we can/ we’re getting over while we can/we’re getting over while we can/we’re getting over while we can/ I turn my head I see you watching me/ I gotta fight it gotta fight the need/ we’re gunna make it yeah we’re gunna last/ just give me time I won’t repeat the past/ last stand/ we’re getting over while we can/last stand/ we’re getting over while we can.”
Guards second full-length album Modern Hymns was recorded over the span of the past 5 years. After touring extensively for their first album “In Guards We Trust”, they retreated to the isolation of Sagaponack, New York to write a new album. After six months of writing and what seemed to be a never-ending battle to be released from their label, the group decided to head out west. They rented a house in the Valley of Los Angeles that had a studio attached to it, and began recording what would become Modern Hymns.
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. Follin welcomed his first child while recording the album which contributes to a vast array of new themes. Recording the album over such a lengthy period of time gives the album a wide mix of moods.
Follin and Humphrey stayed very busy in-between recording sessions for Modern Hymns. Follin started a group with The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi called CRX, and Humphrey took on drumming duties for The Last Shadow Puppets, Florence and The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, and Tame Impala.
The album was produced by Follin and mixed at The Notch in Los Angeles by Sean O’Brien. It features contributions from Mike Shuman (Queens of the Stone Age), Money Mark (Beastie Boys), Patrick Keeler (Raconteurs, Greenhornes), Benji Lysaght (Father John Misty, Beck), James Richardson (MGMT), Matt Schaeffer (Kendrick Lamar), and Brian Oblivion (Cults).