Abstract Mind EP

by GUIDES

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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.'

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released September 25, 2015

Guitar / Vocals - Chris Cogswell
Drums - Jayson Larson
Bass - Be Hussey
Additional Guitar - Luke Ehret
Background Vocals - Margot Paige
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Recorded by Be Hussey at comp-ny, Los Angeles CA
Mixed by Drew Fischer
Mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs, Ann Arbor MI
Graphic Design by Carrie Rose

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GUIDES Los Angeles, California

GUIDES music offers a beautiful and engaging struggle between melody and sharpness, with layers of sonic fuzz that toe the line between warm and dangerous, with Cogswell’s dream-like lyrics complimenting the frenetic energy.

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Track Name: Pictures On Pictures
You’re stopping time
It happens at random

You’re stopping time
I don’t think you notice

You’re stopping time
Or maybe i’ve left myself

You’re stopping time
That’s how the moment felt

Time
Time just stops in place
And I can’t tell you how

"Love, it makes no sense at all
I can’t explain it"

You’re on my mind
Pictures on pictures on

You’re on my mind 
Words on words on words on words

You’re stopping time
Or maybe i’ve left myself

You’re stopping time
That’s how the moment felt

Time
Time just stops in place
And I can’t tell you how

"Love, it makes no sense at all
I can’t explain it"

You’re on my mind
You’re stopping time
Pictures on pictures