Guards are a Brooklyn-based indie rock band who we were fortunate enough to catch live a few times at SXSW a few weeks back. Their debut album, In Guards We Trust, is full of anthemic tracks that combine gorgeously fuzzy guitar riffs and multi-tracked vocals in a way that feels both nostalgic and very of-the-moment. Their new, black and white, Super 8 style video for “Ready To Go” definitely caters to that nostalgic element of which we speak, and sort of reminds of a 50s era analog of Jimmy Eat World‘s video for “The Middle.”
After a couple of days in which buzzword-spouting, app-shilling technology geeks dominated the streets of Austin, things were restored to their natural order yesterday when the music portion of the 2013 South By Southwest Music Festival kicked off in glorious fashion. We partnered up with our friends over at MTV and CMT for the Live In Austin Showcase, which featured knockout performances from current You Oughta Know artist Youngblood Hawke, bluesy banjo aficionado Elle King, super buzzy indie rockers Guards, and the legendary Jim James.