In Guards' new video for "Ready to Go," the New York City psych-pop trio retreated to Austin, Texas for a shoot that's loosely inspired by the 1971 drama The Last Picture Show. The black-and-white clip is a stylized, throwback affair that hones in on fleeting innocence. "The video ended up turning the song into a literal meaning," says Guards' founder Richie Follin. "It's kids being ready to go ... meaning, having sex."
The video was directed by Guards' vocalist/keyboardist Kaylie Church and Ryan Jackson-Healy. She says the video took about a day and a half to shoot. Watch the clip to catch kids playing spin the flashlight, but stick around for the very sweet ending. "That was actually Richie's idea," Church says. "We were doing this scene in the car and he took the kids off so they wouldn't get bored. He took them to get ice cream and then asked them to bring their cones back. That was a really spontaneous thing that ended up being a real key element to the video."