Although a new band, Long Island’s alt-rock outfit Off Guard displays a mature, well-developed sound on their second single “Strawberry Moon,” out TODAY. The five-piece previously released their high-energy debut single “Maybe” in June.
Vocalists Matt Weiss, Matt Becker and Tyler Embry come from a classically trained background that shows clearly throughout the track, with intricate harmonies and well thought out vocal runs that bend the alternative genre. Guitarists Doug Tuchler, Matt Becker, and Bassist Tyler Embry produce distorted chord progressions and riffs that transcend any standards met from the stereotypical Long Island band. Drummer Nick Kolokathis has toured the entire United States with national acts in the past five years while building connections that sets Off Guard apart from the pack. About the single, the band states:
“I think we can all relate to a song about needing to be on your own to find yourself. This song is a metaphor for all of the hard work that we’ve done and the things that we had to leave behind going into adulthood. We want people to be hit with the same feelings and thoughts that we were experiencing when we wrote the song.”
Hailing from Long Island, New York, the five members of Off Guard bring an electric wave of energy that the alternative/pop punk scene desperately needs. The members, all coming from different musical backgrounds are making their mark on the music scene with elevated confidence. The band’s ages range from 21 to 26, which means Off Guard has a substantial opportunity and amount of time to become a band that everyone knows and loves. The band’s debut single “Maybe” shows listeners the dismal yet confident attitude one can have over a heartbreak. As the band prepares to release their debut EP “Set The Scene”, they maintain an active relevance on social media and the New York scene.