February 14th, 2017
We meet Orange County twins, The Garden.
Born and raised in Orange County, California, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears are The Garden (Wyatt is also ENJOY, more of which later). With trajectories that bear absolutely zero symmetry to Seth and Ryan, the twin brothers have been creating music under the moniker since 2011, while their debut LP, ‘The Life And Times Of A Paperclip’ made an arrival on Burger Records in 2013.
Several EP’s, another LP and multiple looks later, the duo will release ‘U Want The Scoop?’ on 3rd March – two UK dates have been booked in on 21st and 22nd March, in Manchester and London respectively – while last autumn they made a pit stop at east London’s glittering Moth Club, the pre-sweatpit delights from which fill our gallery, below. Amidst the buzz we fired some emails the pair’s way, in a bid to learn what it’s really like to be in a band with your brother.
When did you know you wanted to start creating music as The Garden?
You’ve coined the term ‘Vada Vada’ for your music. Talk us through it.
Fletcher: It’s free expression and creation with an open mind, no boundaries and no guidelines to follow.
What kind of music did you guys listen to growing up, and how has that influenced your sound?
Fletcher: We listened to all kinds of different music – hardcore punk, electronic, rap, classical. Hardcore punk took the reins for a while and became a big influence at a young age.
Your new single, “All Access” has more of a retro feel. What was the inspiration behind this?
Wyatt: To me it sounded like a cheesy car commercial mixed with some deep low end and to me it was funny.
Fletcher: As far as the music goes, there wasn’t much inspiration for it to sound like anything. We just made it and liked how it sounded, that’s what it’s all about for us. As long as we are satisfied, that’s all that matters.
Your new EP, ‘U Want The Scoop?’ drops next month. What should we expect?
Wyatt: Just straight rock. I feel like that hasn’t been done yet.
Fletcher: A lot of folk stuff! We’ve changed a lot. But its good! Trust me!
We trust you! Can you tell us a bit more about your creative process?
Wyatt: We just do what we always do, which is make songs, and pass them back and forth until we like the final product.|
Fletcher: FrEeDoM 2 criiate uR 0wn FrEeDoM
You’ve described The Garden as a ‘constantly evolving band’, how do you think ‘U Want The Scoop?’ differs from past releases?
Wyatt: I’m not sure to be honest, I think that’s more for the listener to decide. For me personally, the music is fun, animated, and abrasive. I want to continue to make it that way.
Fletcher: It’s just another evolution of what we’re doing. It’s hard to explain something like that, cause we’re not intentionally trying to make it sound “evolved” from the past release. It just happens, because as we grow as people so do the tunes. They genuinely reflect us. The music is our shadow in a way.
Next month you’ll be touring Europe too. How does touring over here differ from the US?
Wyatt: When you get down to it, playing the shows themselves always kind of turns out the same. The real difference is in the technicalities of touring – passports, security checks and language barriers I guess.
Fletcher: Touring Europe, at the end of the day, isn’t too much different than touring the US. Touring in other continents like, Asia for example, can definitely be different though. But out of all places we’ve toured EU, US and Canada are the most similar.
And what’s your favourite thing about touring the UK?
Wyatt: Everyone seems to have a lot of charisma and energy at the shows.
Fletcher: The energy is always there. The people at the shows are never afraid to get right into the thick of things.
There’s a lot coming up for The Garden this year, but what are Wyatt and Fletcher’s big plans for 2017?
Wyatt: Stay in the crease. Don’t get beat.
Fletcher: So far, I’ve already done a lot of things I wanted to do this year, it’s kind of crazy how much I did in the month of January. And it’s early February, so now it’s time to get to work – which I tend to love. After that, we’ll see what else I get myself into.
Wyatt, how does your work as The Garden differ from your side project, ENJOY?
Wyatt: ENJOY is just me.
Fletcher: I’ve always wondered…
You’ve worked with brands like Saint Laurent and Hugo Boss. How do you marry your fashion endeavours with your music?
Fletcher: Music and fashion are and have always been completely separate ventures to us. Music came years and years before fashion did. Fashion comes and goes, and music is always there.
Wyatt: Not at all.
Shirt MCQ, all other clothing WYATT’S OWN
Left: Shirt MCQ, trousers SAINT LAURENT, all other clothing WYATT’S OWN Right: Jacket and trousers ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, shirt MCQ, pin badge BALMASQUE
Left: Shirt TOPMAN, scarf STYLIST’S OWN, trousers SAINT LAURENT, all other clothing WYATT’S OWN Right: Top and shirt TOPMAN, trousers ABZAL ISSABEKOV, belt BALMASQUE
Left: Blazer ABZAL ISSABEKOV, turtleneck TOPMAN, trousers NICOPANDA, belt BALMASQUE, boots FLETCHER’S OWN Right: Leather jacket TOPMAM, top DILA FINDIKOGLU, trousers XANDER ZHOU, belt and boots WYATT’S OWN
Jacket Alexander McQueen, shirt McQ, pin badge BALMASQUE
Photography: Wanda Martin
Styling: Effie Villagomez
Makeup: Yulia Yurchenko
Fashion Assistant: Pilar Alvarado
Special thanks: Moth Club