At the intersection of alternative, lo fi, emo, and hip-hop, stands guardin. The latest in a new generation of artists, the New York-based artist is creating a tangible relationship with listeners from the confines and innermost isolation of his bedroom, all by way of his laptop. Touching upon often hushed about subject matter–suicidal thoughts, depression, introversion, growing pains, and heartbreak–in his heart-rending evocative style, guardin is a sad boy or girl’s dream come true. And while it is all too easy to imagine guardin hunched over in his bedroom, letting his inner demons and aspirations run wild to create yet another piercing project, this winter has seen him taking his emotive music on the road.
From a fall tour with Oliver Francis to a three-show run with Family Pet, 93FEETOFSMOKE, and Shinagami, guardin has been making his talents known on the east coast. And it’s not even close to over yet. Currently on an expansive North American tour alongside Mallrat and gnash, we caught up with guardin before setting out yet again to take some time to reflect on life on the road thus far.
rough trade with some rough boys (brooklyn 12/1)
goodbye, so long (buffalo 12/9)
my new dysfunctional family (buffalo 12/9)
on the road again (washington d.c. 11/26)
my home away from home (brooklyn 11/30)
first night of the best week of my life (lakewood 12/5)
dressed to kill (chicago 12/7)
they knew more words than i did (chicago 12/7)
one big happy family (chicago 12/8)
i always resort to this pose when i don’t know what to do (chicago 12/7)
mid sentence (chicago 12/7)
i got demons in my orbit that i’m trying to rid (chicago 12/7)
friendships like these last a lifetime (lakewood 12/5)
new character unlocked (philadelphia 11/28)
i wouldn’t trade this for the world (chicago 12/7)
Be sure to catch guardin on tour with Mallrat and gnash.