Alt-J

alt-J are an alternative band from the UK, formed in 2008 by four friends who met at Leeds University. Having forged their own unique sound combining elements of electronic, folk and guitar music, the band recorded and released their debut album 'An Awesome Wave' in 2012. Critically lauded, 'An Awesome Wave' won the Mercury Music Prize, an Ivor Novello 'Album Award' for songwriting and three BRIT award nominations. The album has now gone platinum in the UK and sold over 1,000,000 albums worldwide.

Their second album 'This Is All Yours' was released in September 2014 to rapturous acclaim, heading straight to no.1 in UK chart, no.4 in the US Billboard chart and subsequent top 10 positions in the majority of Europe. Now a three-piece, the band continue to excel as a genre-defying act, receiving nominations for 'Best Alternative Album' at The Grammys 2015 and 'Best British Group' and 'Best Album' at The BRIT Awards 2015, as well as selling out the 02 and Madison Square Garden Arenas.

The band are currently in the studio working on their 3rd album.

Guards was formed in New York City when Richie James Follin returned from a European tour to a recording studio with nothing in it but a broken electric 12-string guitar and an omnichord. He wrote and recorded a few songs for his little sister to sing on, but ended up singing on the songs himself. He enlisted the help of his friends (Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, James Richardson of MGMT, Loren Shane Humphrey of Willowz) and family (Madeline Follin of Cults) to guest on some songs and they spread the word without his knowledge via twitter and the internet. Then, he decided to give the songs away for free.

Richie James Follin is 27 and he is originally from southern California. He started the Willowz (lead singer and guitarist) when he was 19 in 2002 and has released 4 records with them as well as a solo record and multiple other projects. He also plays guitar in Cults.

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