Tuesday, January 4

Next Big Thing For 2011 #4 - Guards

What with the 2010 Arcade Fire had, don't be taken aback if countless baroque rock replicas come out of the woods all at once. It's the way of the business. But Guards, solely led by ex-Willowz leader Richie Follin, is worth taking seriously. And that's even if the Californian himself doesn't take the project all that seriously - there's no MySpace to fiddle with but merely a Bandcamp page, albeit with a free download of a seven-track self-titled debut EP. Of which 'I See It Coming' provokes those Fire parities, all gung-ho euphonies and zestful wordplay. Mmm, let's hope there's more.

'I See It Coming'