Coinciding with the release of their debut album, In Guards We Trust, we caught up with Guards to find out what albums have served as major influences to them. The New York trio handpicked an array of releases from classic artists including David Bowie, Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cars and Jackie Wilson. All of these have had an impact on their music, whether it be in the raw quality of the guitars, hand claps or tongue-in-cheek lyrics.

The band will play a host of European dates this month including a show at London's Birthdays on 16th May. Guards will also play the Vevo Stage at The Great Escape Festival on 18th May, before returning to London on 25th May to play Field Day. In Guards We Trust is out now on Partisan Records.

  • 16th May – Birthdays, London UK
  • 18th May – The Great Escape, Brighton (Vevo Stage) UK
  • 22nd May – Primavera, Barcelona ES
  • 23rd May – This Is Not A Love Song Festival, Nimes FR
  • 24th May – London Calling, Amsterdam NL
  • 25th May – Field Day, London UK
  • 27th May – Club 106, Rouen FR
  • 28th May – Kitsune Mansion, Paris FR
  • 29th May – Festival Sterolux, Nantes FR

David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...

Raw guitar rock with powerful hooks and grandiose arrangements were the guiding force behind this Bowie album and we tried to channel that same energy with In Guards We Trust.

Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra - Nancy & Lee

This album was the main influence behind the only duet on our album, 'Your Man'.

Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

We took a page out of the Pumpkins handbook with our quiet pretty verses followed by huge guitar choruses and sometimes over the top lyrics that may be a bit tounge in cheek at times...

The Cars - The Cars

We took a lot from this record... palm muted guitars, hand claps, synth lines, and heavy back beats.

Jackie Wilson - Higher and Higher

My favourite soul singer of all time... I can't escape his voice it is always in my head.