Brisbane’s Guards Of May are preparing to unveil their new studio album.
Today, ahead of its release this Friday, Killyourstereo.com helps stream ‘Future Eyes‘.
Additionally, we sat down with the band recently to talk about the new record. You can read our chat below the album stream.
‘Future Eyes‘ is out this Friday via MGM. You can pre-order the album via iTunes.
You can read our review of ‘Future Eyes‘ here.
Catch Guards Of May on tour with Gatherer this August/September (presented by Killyourstereo.com).
Obviously listeners engage with albums in different ways and will have favourite songs that differ from the next. If there were one main thing you hope they can take away from hearing ‘Future Eyes’, what would it be?
Please listen to it from beginning to end at least once, maybe even the first time you listen to it. We are all huge advocates of listening to our favourite albums from beginning to end, singing along to the vocals and guitar riffs and air drumming the fills. For this album we wanted to capture how we feel when we sit down with one of our favourite albums with mates and a few drinks and just experience the whole thing. Or you can not do any of that, but we’ll be sad.
I know you perform music for the love of it instead of necessarily for the recognition, but it still must’ve been satisfying winning a Queensland Music Award earlier this year. How much motivation and validation do you get from accolades like this?
That was certainly a surprise! It was a very nice feeling and we are so grateful for people who keep their finger on the pulse of the Australian heavy music scene, but we make sure our feet remain on the ground because we always want to make better and more interesting stuff. It’s all about growing as individuals and a musical collective.
On the topic of Queensland, what’s the music scene like up north at the moment?
There’s a solid community in the heavy/alternative/rock scene, at least in our neck of the woods. There are bands that we’ve gotten to play with who all know and love each other, and that’s the way I likes it. We love the bands and we love the crowds, you complete us.
What have been some of the biggest insights and lessons you’ve gathered from playing with the likes of Dead Letter Circus, Shihad, Caligula’s Horse etc.?
Eat one square meal a day and never run in thongs while it’s raining in Sydney.
Now that the band is busier, how has this impacted on work and commitments outside of music?
Shit’s fucked yo.
What’s planned for the next 12 months?
I think I might have a bath, then sink some piss. But seriously, we will be touring heaps where we can. We have a very big and very cool support tour coming up in October. Next year, we will be in the guts of writing our next album.
Favourite album(s) of 2015 so far?
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Mark Ronson – Uptown Special
Steve Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Ratatat – Magnifique