New York indie rock trio Guards drop their grip on the that of the priest “Just Like Heaven”, the second offering from their upcoming covers album More cover songs. With their explosive take on the track coming to life with infectious guitars and catchy drum beats, the heart of this cover and all the other tracks on the album is finding joy during dark days.
Led by melodic instrumentation and party vibes, the track was one of many recorded by the guards during the pandemic and channels comfort, familiarity and nostalgia. Built on the band’s signature indie rock sound, this version of “Just Like Heaven” draws inspiration from The Cure’s intricate, layered production by removing their hazy, hypnotic delivery and replacing it with something gritty and anthemic.
Speaking of coverage, richie follin said, “The Cure has always held a special place in my heart. It was the first gig I took my little sister to and they played for almost four hours. It was hard to choose which of their songs to cover, but I happened to turn on the radio in a rental car, and “Just like Heaven” popped up so I took it as a sign.
Composed of Richie Follin alongside Loren Humphreyand kaylie church, The Guards have been around for over a decade, yet manage to weave soundscapes steeped in freshness. With “Just Like Heaven”, another impressive number that pays homage to legends while maintaining their unique sound signature, many more covers are to come.