In Guards new video for Ready to Go, the New York City psych-pop trio retreated to Austin, Texas for a shoot that s loosely inspired by the 1971 drama The Last Picture Show. The black-and-white clip is a stylized, throwback affair that hones in on fleeting innocence. The video ended up turning the song into a literal meaning, says Guards founder Richie Follin. It s kids being ready to go meaning, having sex. The video was directed by Guards vocalist/keyboardist Kaylie Church and Ryan Jackson-Healy. She says the video took about a day and a half to shoot. Watch the clip to catch kids playing spin the flashlight, but stick around for the very sweet ending. That was actually Richie s idea, Church says. We were doing this scene in the car and he took the kids off so they wouldn t get bored. He took them to get ice cream and then asked them to bring their cones back. That was a really spontaneous thing that ended up being a real key element to the video. Guards debut album, In Guards We Trust, is out now. Watch highlights from the band s Artist to Watch Live in Austin SXSW 2013 showcase here.
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