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LGUARDS- How to Save A Life
2011 year 05 month 7 day :
 

This Sunday the LGuards, a Mongolian pop rock boy band, are performing the second of their annual concerts. Releasing their new album, ‘Life Guards’, just as the 2011 series of Coke’n’Beat is finishing its first round it is the perfect time for them to look back on how they have evolved as a band and what road they took to get there.


Originally formed in 2004 by the three friends Gala (now 27), Budee (25) and Temka (26), their various paths have split apart as they separated across the globe. In 2006-2007 it was Budee, the vocalist for the band, who was studying International Relations in Japan, but it is his two compatriots who have settled in France and Japan respectively.

That, however, did not stop them. Though Gala had headed the band at its formation, Budee picked up the mantle and together with his little brother, Baysaa (23), who plays the bass guitar, they started afresh with two much younger members of the group. Temka, who had been the original drummer, offered up his little brother Tengis as drummer and his friend Shijir joined on solo guitar. ‘We are now like one big family,’ quite literally, joked Budee.

‘We are so close and so like minded, so easygoing it is a simple task for us to get along’. The youth of the newest members is remarkable because now, at 18, they have already been in performing for four years- musicians at 14. Whilst the brothers Budee and Baysaa are interviewed on TV after collecting their new album, Tengis and Shijir are frantically working for their exams.

Not, of course, omitting band practice for their upcoming concert as the elder members rush off at the soonest chance to get some more vital rehearsal in. ‘It makes me feel so old,’ Budee laughs, grabbing his little sibling by the shoulders.

It is clear to see how that age, or at least his added experience as one of the founding members of the group, has contributed to his confidence. Now the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for LGuards he has a lot to say about where they have been. ‘We loved Coke’n’Beat,’ he grins,’ we were not scared at all in Asian Beat- it was fun.

And the crowd applauded!’ Of course by their triumph in Coke’n’Beat last year they were veterans of these large audiences, having come in third place in both 2006 and 2007.

‘During Coke’n’Beat we have grown more and more famous, but it did not come from anyone else. No one else helped us. We got here by ourselves,’ Budee says, laughing aside.

Though he speaks Japanese, having written two Japanese songs ‘for the fans’ he says, his English comes with a large amount of hand waving and gestures, making the entire interview a wonderful mix of genuine feeling and frequent bursts of laughter.

This is only exarcerbated by Baysaa’s lack of English and any attempt on either my part to speak Mongolian or his to try an English phrase end up with one, or both, or all three of us doubled up in giggles.

Since Coke’n’Beat the band have been working hard, and it was at a Tuesday concert in Ikh Mongol that I first saw them. They played a mixture of cover songs and original music in a tone familiar to me from Brit indie rock days with The Pigeon Detectives to name just one springing to mind.

Their newest album, Budee says, differs from their last in that their musical expertise is much higher now after their hard training. His favourite song, ‘Goe Igch’ or ‘Beautiful Woman’, is about a gorgeous girl he once saw but never spoke to. When asked why not, he can only laugh.

The moment of that first sight and the desire-fuelled silence can only be followed, for any European, with memories of that summer when James Blunt’s ‘You’re Beautiful’ was playing on every radio and wafting out for car windows throughout the sunnier months. For anyone who somehow managed to miss the craze, the hardened soldier is singing about the moment he saw an ‘angel’ on a Tube who he never spoke to and will never see again.

He does also mentions that he was high at this point, so perhaps it would be wise not to take the lyrics too seriously, as with every ballad, but it  isn’t hard to see the Lguards going the same way.

They, however, have no such concerns for the future. ‘Tomorrow I might die,’ Budee shrugs and Baysaa laughs and nods when it is translated, ‘so why plan?’ The rest of the interview is a cacophony of chuckles as I try and fail to pronounce the Mongolian for ‘Good Luck’ as we leave, referring to their concert this Sunday. Well, Good luck anyhow.

Source: ubpost.mongolnews.mn

 
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