Guards of Metropolis

Guards of Metropolis

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Scandinavian pop rock with jagged edges from a girl's point of view.

Biography

The first time the members of Guards of Metropolis came together to rehearse, it wasn't in a dank basement, a state-of-the-art recording studio, or any of the other traditional locations bands typically use to hone their musical vision. It was in an abandoned chocolate factory on the outskirts of Oslo, Norway while a furious blizzard raged outside.

Within 3 months of their first string of European concerts, the band left the Old World behind them for a 50 date U.S. tour which quickly garnered them glowing critical reviews, industry attention due to the "considerable buzz" (Hits Magazine) the band was creating, and an enthusiastic public response to their melodic pop rock sound, confrontational lyrics and intense live performances.

And all this solely on the strength of a six song self recorded demo.

Now you can discover what the excitement is all about with the release of Whatever It Is, their new 4-song EP release.

Along the way they've endured immigration hassles, hurricanes, and even a name change (they first toured the U.S. as Softcore), but they're still the same band:

Two girls from Norway’s Arctic Circle. Two guys from sunny California...

Influences from the laid-back northern reaches of Scandinavia and the frantic West Coast of America collide on the Guards of Metropolis' debut EP in a shimmering example of the best that both countries have to offer. A fistful of angst-driven rock and roll riffs tempered by the layered harmonies that Scandinavian groups are famous for lay the groundwork for this rock-pop manifesto. Think ABBA meets AC/DC...and then think again. Each song comes as a stylistic surprise, and singer Kristin Blix's lyrics filter the American experience through a foreigner's eyes; the title track "Whatever It Is" is a hard hitting slam against the U.S. Commander in Chief's reckless behavior while "Exhole" name checks such American "icons" as Jerry Springer and Molly Hatchet.

Rage never sounded as pretty as it does on this stunning debut!

Lyrics

Whatever It Is

Written By: Guards Of Metropolis

Take what you want just reach out and grab it
Power's the fix and greed is the habit
Freedom's a gift and war is the package
Oil your guns and stay the course

Blow up the Earth the meek will inherit
Pass out the blinders, dangle that carrot
cover your ears, you don't wanna hear it
The messenger's dead so shoot his horse

Born under a bad sign
Surrounded by landmines

You're lying
It ain't flying
I ain't buying
Whatever it is
That you're selling
There's no telling
You keep yelling
About how I should live my life

Fill all the cells with Liberty's daughters
Poison the well to sell bottled water
Tap all the phones and quote the forefathers
Mission accomplished, ain't life grand?

Tear up the votes and notes of confession
Biblical picks to fix the Depression
Live like a king and lead your procession
Into the ground, heads in the sand

Tear up all the peace signs
You're toeing your own line

You're lying
It ain't flying
I ain't buying
Whatever it is
That you're selling
There's no telling
You keep yelling
About how I should live my life

You keep screaming that peace is a reason to fight
You keep praying and saying the future is bright
You keep shoveling, shoveling, shoveling shite
under our noses
While telling us that you're planting roses

You're lying.

Liar.

. . . _ _ _ . . . (Morse code)

Perfect World

Written By: Guards Of Metropolis

Turn on your television
You don't know what you've been missing
Open up your eyes and look around
We're surrounded by corruption
A world of self-destruction
No more lines between what's right and wrong
This is right where I belong

It's a perfect world
And I'm the perfect girl
I fit in perfectly
The place for me is right here right now

right here - right now

I bite the hand that feeds me
Turn my back on those who need me
Right before I kick them when they're down
I have learned my lesson from the
Animals that we call human
Greed is good and selfishness is fun
Look out for number one
It's a perfect world
And I'm the perfect girl
It took me years to see the Way to be to get what I want

It's a perfect world
And I'm the perfect girl
And all this hate in me has set me free
I'll pass it along

Exhole

Written By: Guards Of Metropolis

You crashed my car
pulling in the driveway
your mullet friends blew up my stereo
the air guitar you play to Molly Hatchet
is a sign it’s time for me to go

I wanna say you’re not wanted
you’re not needed
get a life of your own
you’re history to me now...

Exhole

Hey Romeo, you hit on all my girlfriends
so debonaire you scared them all away
and now you’re here it’s time for Jerry Springer
looks like your relatives are on today

I gotta say you’re not wanted
you’re not needed
get a life of your own
you’re history to me now...

Exhole

See your mouth move but I feel so removed
I’m not hearing a word that you say
put your kind advice where the sun don’t shine
thanks but I‘m gonna go my own way

Made up my mind
there’s nothing between us
pack up your junk and get out of my hair
I see the L written on your forehead
I see my future without you there

Discography

Whatever It Is - EP

Set List

1. Perfect World
2. Down
3. Just The Way You Are
4. Exhole
5. Fadeaway
6. I Am A God
7. Already Gone
8. Postcards From Heaven
9. How Does It Feel?
10. Tired
11. Whatever It Is
12. On My Own
13. Have You Found Your Yoko Yet?
14. Why
15. Alligator
16. Don't Wanne Be Like You

The set can be anything between 30 min. and 1 hour.