Psychedelic pop combo Guards came together after Richie James Follin of the band Willowz
began writing and recording with his sister Madeline Follin's band, Cults
, as a side project between tours.
In 2010, after receiving booking offers from songs he'd posted online, he formed a permanent lineup to join his vocals and guitar in Kaylie Church on keyboards/vocals and Loren Humphrey, also of Willowz
, on drums. The same year, they signed with 3 Syllables Records
and released an eponymous debut EP. After working on new material, the band released the song "Silver Lining" in 2012, and it was soon licensed for a U.S. collegiate Big Ten Conference public service ad. Loaded with reverb and big choruses, their debut LP, In Guards We Trust, was released in early 2013 on Black Bell Records
. In late 2014, they released the lush "Nothing More" off their sophomore album expected in 2015. ~ Marcy Donelson, Rovi