One of Orange County’s favorite experimental art-punk bands, The Garden, are playing at the OC Observatory on April 29, 2021. Following the release of their latest album Kiss My Superbowl Ring in January, The Garden had scheduled an international tour that was postponed due to Covid-19. Instead, their tour will begin in March in Europe and ending back in Los Angeles.
The Garden consist of fraternal twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, who have been making music together since 2011. They made their Coachella debut just last year, which I was fortunate enough to encounter. Their live performance is sonically and visually discombobulating, with both brothers jumping around hyping up the crowd. Their brand of heavy, experimental rock will definitely make you feel cool just to know them. That year they gained an even larger following as they played at several festivals including Camp Flog Gnaw and Sasquatch.
Their latest album Kiss My Superbowl Ring sticks to their experimental punk roots. Songs range from thrash metal with screaming to drum n bass rhythms and hip hop. The album features production from 100 Gecs member Dylan Brady and Kero Kero Bonito bassist James Bulled under his side project, Wharfwhit.
Only they could come up with a term to describe their sound: “Vada Vada,” or “… a term that represents total freedom of expression without boundaries or guidelines of any sort.” Experience it for yourself in person with their OC Observatory show.
Location: OC Observatory
Address: 3503 S Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704