With all of the writers here at We Are The Guard, we are able to claim (with confidence) that someone on our staff listens to pretty much every different kind of music under the sun. There’s no genre we’re too afraid to touch— except for metal. We’re terrified. We have literally zero clue. That’s where this intrepid reporter comes in.
Three months ago Disclosure quietly dropped Ultimatum to surprisingly little fanfare. The single, featuring Malian singer/songwriter Fatoumata Diawara stands up alongside the band’s greatest hits, combining world and house music into something so special that it could only come from Disclosure.
In 2001, the year of 9/11 and Smash Mouth’s cover of The Monkees’ I’m A Believer for the Shrek soundtrack, there was another alternative music travesty that seemed to go completely by the wayside. I am of course talking about Alien Ant Farm’s cover of Smooth Criminal.
The backlash over Taylor Swift having spent the last decade in the spotlight trying to be America’s Bestie has been a little over the top. But in the case of her cover of Earth, Wind and Fire’s September, the response is justified, if not a bit understated.
Sure, it was cool to see Destiny’s Child dancing and singing at the world’s biggest festival but it was EVEN COOLER to see Kelly Rowland stalked on screen by horror’s two most important serial slashers.
Whether you love it or hate it, Southern Hip-Hop led the way for the formation of what trap music is today. The reason it’s here is because of the innovative and creative minds of southern rappers and new rappers taking that formula to create something of their own.
There have been rumors that Will Smith has the best Instagram ever, but I didn’t believe it until the most famous prince to come out of Bel-Air took to his channel earlier this week to congratulate his son Jaden Smith on his accomplishment of hitting 100 million streams on Spotify for his album Syre.
Most of us at one point in our lives have had those nightmare neighbors that we were just about ready to murder. Put on this playlist, turn your subwoofer up and get out of the house for the whole weekend. Your neighbors will never stomp again, that's a guarantee.
We Are: The Guard are proud to present an Alternate Dimension Grammys— one where artists win because they factually are the best in their category not because somebody’s nephew told them that’s what’s hip this year. Woah, bold. If the Grammys aren’t going to do it, it looks like its a job for us.
Not only has Ariel Pink been gradually letting his glowing melodicism shine on his last few records, with ever expanding production values catapulting Pink to the orbit of a genuine Pop Star himself, he’s also been coming to prominence as a legendary songwriter for today’s more adventurous crossover pop stars.
So by now I’m sure you’ve heard about the idiotic publishing negotiations / impending legal battle between Young and Beautiful Lana Del Rey and Paranoid Androids Radiohead. A representative for the kings of experimental indie noise rock has brought to public attention the similarities between the brooding songstress’s 2017 song Get Free and their 1993 hit, Creep.
Swedish Indietronica duo Dog Orchestra are back in Stockholm, the town they grew up in together, and are currently recording their debut full-length album. We went over there, shot a little video of our trip and are excited to share it with you!