Surprisingly powerful proudly diet punk band from Chicago ‘Guardrail’ it amuses us with ‘Social Meteor’ ready to debut in Formula Indie the November 4th!

Surprisingly powerful proudly diet punk band from Chicago ‘Guardrail’ it amuses us with ‘Social Meteor’ ready to debut in Formula Indie the November 4th!

Chicago diet punk band Guardrail consists of Kevin Andrew (lead vocals), Ken Ugel (guitar, vocals), Alyssa Laessig (bass, vocals) and Doug Brand (drums). They released their debut EP Wordswords in 2015, which they followed two years later with Par at Best. Since cementing their current lineup in 2018, they’ve released several singles and in September 2020, dropped their third EP Yikes.

Now they’re back with a new single “Social Meteor”. True to form, Guardrail delivers a relentless barrage of jagged riffs, chugging bass and explosive drums to drive home their timely message of our cultural addiction to social media, and its pernicious effect on our sense of identity and self-worth.

Kevin and Alyssa sing the biting lyrics with forceful intensity, powerfully expressing their exasperation with things and feelings of helplessness to do anything about it: “There’s real human contact beyond my fingertips, but I couldn’t give a s–t. There’s an object unidentified approaching me (Oh wait!), it’s just my self-doubt and uncertainty. Why can’t I come back down? I’m stuck in the stratosphere. My lack of satisfaction left me stranded out here. How should I know what they expect from me? I’ll just write another paragraph and run away from my fear.”

The fun video shows snippets of each bandmembers individually performing the song, as well as serving as judges of a low-budget talent show.

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