Guards of May are keeping the momentum rolling from their previous single release in late 2013 with a brand new single and East Coast tour in April. Recorded predominantly with Matt Bartlem and also with Tyse Lee at Loose Stones Records, the followup to their wildly successful single Numbers, Arcadia, takes things to the next level. The single is out digitally on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and more on Friday March 28, just ahead of their first tour date.
The track, Arcadia, is the followup to Numbers – which was added to rotation on Triple M’s Rock at Nights and Distortion shows, as well as being played on The Aussie Alternative Radio show and on US radio shows Rock Radio, Neueregelradio and radiohhh.com. The radio play translated into awesome shows on the previous tour, cementing Guards of May’s position as one to watch in the Australian rock music scene.
Arcadia is a massive rollercoaster ride of a track – smacking listeners across the face from the get-go with what is probably Guards of May’s hardest riff to date, then taking it down to a marching rhythm and melodies for the verse, then taking it back up to soaring highs for the chorus. Richie Harvey’s voice stands tall and proud in this track, from fragile falsetto to laying down a massive chorus.
The tour begins with a northbound journey as a warmup – playing El Grande Festival in Gladstone alongside other Australian rock contemporaries Dead Letter Circus, Helm, Dollarosa, Red Beard and Bound for Ruin. The tour then heads south in earnest, taking in hometown Brisbane, then Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne – in venues such as The New Globe Theatre, Oxford Art Factory, Great Northern Hotel (Newcastle), Reverence Hotel and Ding Dong Lounge.
Bass Player Jimmy Harden is excited for the tour and release. “This one’s been a little while in the making. Arcadia is a track we are fiercely proud of. We’ve been saving this one for now – I can’t wait to play it for people everywhere.”
Guards of May are: Richo Harvey – Vocals, James Harden – Bass Guitar, Levi Russell – Drums, Damien Salomon – Guitar and Keita Neralic – Guitar – and they have shared the stage with some of the cream of Australian rock; Dead Letter Circus, Grinspoon, Spiderbait, Breaking Orbit, Helm, Electric Horse and Strangers in venues all over the country.
Arcadia is out Friday March 28 digitally in all good online music stores and ticket information for the tour can be found at http://www.guardsofmay.com.
THE ARCADIA TOUR – APRIL 2014
SATURDAY 29th MARCH – EL GRANDE FESTIVAL – BOJANGLES NIGHTCLUB, GLADSTONE (QLD)
w/ Dead Letter Circus, Helm, Dollarosa, Red Beard & more
$40 – Tickets at: elgrande.oztix.com.au
FRIDAY 4th APRIL – NEW GLOBE THEATRE, BRISBANE (QLD)
w/ Dollarosa, The Hungry Mile, Magnets
$10 Pre-Sale – Tickets at: events.ticketbooth.com.au – $15 on the door
SATURDAY 5th APRIL – MIAMI SHARK BAR, GOLD COAST (QLD)
w/ The Hungry Mile, White Lodge & Guests
$10 on the door
THURSDAY 10th APRIL – DING DONG LOUNGE, MELBOURNE (VIC)
THE AUSSIE ALTERNATIVE PRESENTS…
w/ High Side Driver, Crash and Burn & Lazarus Mode
$10 pre-sale – Tickets at: dingdong.oztix.com.au – $15 on the door
SATURDAY 12th APRIL – REVERENCE HOTEL, FOOTSCRAY (VIC)
w/ Crash and Burn, Lung & Arakeye
$10 Pre-Sale – Tickets at: reverencehotel.com – $15 on the door
THURSDAY 17th APRIL – THE CAPTAIN COOK HOTEL, SYDNEY (NSW)
w/ The Hungry Mile & The Bell Weather Department – FREE ENTRY
SATURDAY 19th APRIL – THE GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, NEWCASTLE (NSW)
w/ The Hungry Mile & Guests – $10 on the door