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  • GUIDES, Dignitary, DANIEL ASH (DJ Set) @Echoplex

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  • GUIDES at ECHO PARK RISING

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    Excited to announce that we’re playing The Echoplex AUG 19 – 7PM for ECHO PARK RISING

  • GUIDES supporting PAPER ROUTE at The Echo

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  • SXSW + More Southwest shows

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    Just announced! Playing shows with Haunted Summer + Edith Crash on the way to Austin. Then playing a few parties….
    03/13/16 – Tempe AZ – Yucca Tap Room
    03/14/16 – Tucson AZ – Sky Bar Tucson
    03/15/16 – Marfa TX – Lost Horse Saloon
    03/16/16 – Austin TX – SXSW- Whole Foods Market Austin – 7:15PM
    03/16/16 – Austin TX – SXSW – Duggan’s Dugout – 10:30PM

  • California Rocker reviews our Echo show review + photos

    “The bright star of the night was GUIDES, an up-and-comer from Los Angeles…

    The band will be appreciated by those who love New Order and Peter Hook and the Light, who in friendlier days together were Joy Division. And we can only hope GUIDES has no such dischord; if they stay on their current track, the band will make the breakthrough.

    Cogswell’s haunting voice is like that of an alternative angel, somewhat similar in style to Morrissey, but with a humble and undeniable American flair. Together with the very big beat play of drummer Larson, and bass and guitar lines of veteran Hussey, the band is modern combination of alternative’s biggest and brightest: Gang of Four, The Clash and The Smiths.

    Make the trip across town if you must. One day you will say that you knew GUIDES way back when.”

    READ MORE AND CHECK OUT THE GALLERY

  • GUIDES supporting Film School at The Echo (Original Beggars Banquet lineup)

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  • “Abstract Mind” Makes the Top EPs list!

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    Our EP made the top list on Buzzbands LA. Thanks to Kevin Bronson for the props.
  • Video Premiere on Impose Magazine

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    Impose Magazine premieres the Be Hussey-directed video for our New Order Cover!

    “Be brings out the song’s expression of inward felt desires of solace and freedom from an interior monologue to found oceanside fancy…to carnival catered fun on a ferris wheel. The video for “Leave Me Alone” presents a vision of joyous solitude enjoyed in the public world from the market place, public transportation portals, west coast shoreline sojourns, to even emphasizing the intimacy of moments spent alone with one thoughts by the film comp focus on fleeting shadows. GUIDES and Kristeen bring new meanings and a new life to the New Order number by further embracing the song’s statement of importance placed upon the basic necessity of one’s alone time.” -Sjimon Gompers, Impose Magazine
  • Interview/Show Preview in The Fresno Bee

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    “The finished product belies the stream- of-consciousness nature of the recording. ‘We weren’t really thinking that much,’ Cogswell says, hence the name. ‘The thinking came later,’ he says. ‘We got heady with the edits and arrangements.'”

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  • GUIDES cover New Order with Singer Kristeen Young

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    GUIDES Featuring Kristeen Young – “Leave Me Alone” (New Order cover)
    “With Kristeen standing in for Bernard Sumner and GUIDES providing a new electric take on the New Order new-wave original, the group together provides a new escapist take on the synth pop single where new feelings and potent possibilities become revealed by their new rendering.” -Sjimon Gompers, Impose Magazine

    VIEW THE VIDEO HERE

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    Produced by Be Hussey

    Kristeen Young – Vocals
    Chris Cogswell – Guitar
    Jayson Larson – Drums
    Be Hussey – Bass, BG Vocals
    Luke Ehret – Additional Guitar, Engineering, Synth

    Recorded/Mixed by Be Hussey at comp-ny Los Angeles CA
    Mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs, Ann Arbor MI

  • The Deli Magazine (LA) Features GUIDES

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    “Los Angeles dance-y noiserock GUIDES on second-half of winter tour”

    The three have sculpted rock with defibrillating textures since 2012, into songs that exemplify the coastal resurgence of noise and agitas. Their fall EP “Abstract Mind” builds off 2013’s self-titled 7″, howling as it dances in pools of drone….” -Ryan Mo, The Deli LA

  • GUIDES Daytrotter session

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    We recorded a 5-song live session at Studio Paradiso in San Francisco for Daytrotter.

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  • December – West Coast Tour

    Our West Coast tour starts Monday! Click here for more info

     

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  • GUIDES with Wild Moth at Part Time Punks Nov. 27

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  • GUIDES at San Diego Music Thing Nov. 14

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    We are stoked to be playing San Diego Music Thing this year! We play Saturday, Nov 14 – 9pm at The Merrow with Babes, Goose & Mavrk & Paper Days. GET MORE INFO

  • GUIDES on Great Day KMPH

    Played 5 songs on TV Friday to support our set at Summer Sweat Fresno. Check them out.

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  • ABSTRACT MIND out now!

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    ABSTRACT MIND is out today! Get it from your favorite online store:

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    BANDCAMP (CD / mp3)
    AMAZON
    GOOGLE PLAY

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  • “Pictures On Pictures” Video Premiere

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    Premiere the new video for “Pictures On Pictures” from the ABSTRACT MIND EP on Surviving The Golden Age

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  • “Abstract Mind” EP Premiere is on Buzzbands.LA

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    In the subversive tradition of best post-punk music, the debut EP from Los Angeles trio GUIDES is conceptual, discomfiting and abrasive. And beautiful in all those ways. “Abstract Mind,” which comes out Friday, is the work of singer-guitarist Chris Cogswell, drummer Jayson Larson and bassist Be Hussey, all of whom have stellar credits playing other local outfits. It comes from a visceral place, in all its glorious melodic eccentricities, blasts of shoegazing and stream-of-consciousness imagery. Have we “lost it,” as Cogswell asks in “Get Conceptual”? “I wanted to write lyrics that went well with the expansive music we were making, including … the kind of melody that can only be heard while dreaming. That was my goal,” he says. “It’s our way of saying ‘This way, into the Abstract Mind.’” –Kevin Bronson

    LISTEN HERE

  • Pre-Order the new EP now at iTunes — Out Sept 25!

    Pre-Order GUIDES – Abstract Mind EP on iTunes

  • RADIO TIME! – The Independent FM, CMJ etc

    Listen to our single “Pictures On Pictures” on The Independent FM Buzzbands.LA show.
    Team Clermont going for adds for our EP today!
  • “Pictures On Pictures” Single Premiere on Popmatters

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    “GUIDES’ music strikes an impressive balance between taut energy, murky atmospherics, and ostentatious bursts of catharsis.”
  • Radio K – Track Of The Day

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    “Newly formed LA group Guides may be fresh, but they certainly aren’t inexperienced. Featuring members of Death Cab for Cutie and Radar Brothers, they have a knack for memorable melodies and driving riffs that will make you sit up straight and listen. Check out “Be the One I” below!”
  • Our Debut 7″ Is Out Now!

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    Creamy white vinyl version and also the digital download from all your favorite digital outlets:

    If you’re in the Los Angeles area, buy it at Origami Vinyl.

  • GUIDES review on Buzzbands.la

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    “…Guides dally in textures and tones, but in their abrasive riffage and pummeling rhythms lay a sense of purpose that make you question your comfortable notion of “pretty.”….The menacing “Careful, I Was Every Sin” is from a three-song 7-inch/digital release the band has on the way July 1. “Careful” hurts so good when the big guitars kick in just shy of the 2-minute mark.”
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“GUIDES’ music strikes an impressive balance between taut energy, murky atmospherics, and ostentatious bursts of catharsis.” – Popmatters
“’Pictures On Pictures’ is a dark, groovy tune with a healthy amount of fuzz.” –Magnet Magazine

“In the subversive tradition of best post-punk music, the debut EP from Los Angeles trio GUIDES is conceptual, discomfiting and abrasive. And beautiful in all those ways.”

“…GUIDES dally in textures and tones, but in their abrasive riffage and pummeling rhythms lay a sense of purpose that make you question your comfortable notion of “pretty.”….The menacing “Careful, I Was Every Sin” hurts so good when the big guitars kick in just shy of the 2-minute mark.” –Buzzbands

“(GUIDES) have embarked down an esoteric path full of experimental structure, vague melodies, and a shoegaze-worthy wall of sonics” –Free Bike Valet
“The dingy, dronal post-punk gem is awash in anxious ambient noise and ripe with the sort of familiar, suppressed tension that often lurks in the shadowy corners of the mind threatening to erupt without a moment’s notice.” –A Journal of Musical Things

Building on the momentum of their self-titled 2014 debut 7″, Los Angeles post-rock band GUIDES push into new territory with their latest, a five song EP entitled “Abstract Mind“.

With deep roots in a DIY aesthetic, every aspect of the EP was devised by the band themselves, with Guitarist/Vocalist Chris Cogswell, Drummer Jayson Larson and Bassist/vocalist Be Hussey building the tunes on the back of self-booked touring and tireless hours spent in Hussey’s independently owned recording studio comp-ny.

While the experimental melodies and dense walls of sonic texture that made up their 7″ were a strong start, “Abstract Mind” hones in on those beginnings and takes them from esoteric explorations into blunt, perfectly articulated songs. A notably more in-depth eye on production results in unexpected blasts of shoegaze guitar somewhere between a dream and an attack on driving, restless tunes like “Long Face” and burning post-punk vibes of “Pictures On Pictures” that fall somewhere between the Pop Group and Lee Renaldo’s stream-of-consciousness contributions to Sonic Youth.

Layers of sonic fuzz toe the line between warm and dangerous throughout “Abstract Mind”, offering a beautiful and engaging struggle between melody and sharpness, with Cogswell’s dream-like lyrics complimenting the frenetic energy. As Cogswell explains, “I wanted to write lyrics that went well with the expansive music we were making, including melody that is familiar…you know, the kind of melody that can only be heard while dreaming. That was my goal. It’s our way of saying ‘This way, into the Abstract Mind.'”

GUIDES is:
Chris Cogswell – guitar / vocals
Jayson Larson – drums
Be Hussey – bass / bg vocals