The vituperation of a mental patient, that’s Orange County’s The Garden.
Soft tinkling and clonking sounds, whispered vocals, building with no warning to screaming, ranting, pounding, the vituperation of a mental patient who, left unchecked, might chuck a bottle through a window or soil his own pants before the cops show up. That’s The Garden, from Orange County: A pair of twins, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears. Sometimes they throw in enough synth to almost sound new wave. Oh, and smooth-jazz sax. And weird muttering.
The twosome, whose May 1 show at the Observatory has been postponed, enjoy their twin-ness, but disavow any mystical connection. “I don’t think about that kind of thing very often,” Wyatt explains. “We have just spent a lot of time together in this life, so we are well acquainted and often times on the same page with one another because of that.”
“We don’t live together anymore and haven’t for some time, but if you spend that much time with anyone, your connection will naturally run deeper than a basic friend or brother relationship. That goes for anyone.”
The new album is Kiss My Super Bowl Ring. But don’t think the brothers weren’t glued to the TV back in February. That album title, according to Wyatt, “Isn’t literal in that sense. It’s a cheeky name, but it’s an attitude/mindset. It’s kind of like saying you can ‘kiss my ass.’ In a funny way, it stands for doing what you want to do, regardless of what’s goin’ on around you.”
Wyatt says “San Diego has always had a unique style of energy when it comes to shows. We’ve been playing San Diego since about 2012 and I feel that most shows we’ve played have generally been solid. Some of my favorite venues have been the Irenic, SOMA, and Til Two Club, just to name a few.”
“Get your mind right before you hit the road,” remains Fletcher’s philosophy. “A lot of people get out there and then have breakdowns, because it’s not what they thought it was going to be. Try and ditch all the expectations and just have fun with it. It’s not always fun, but it’s work and there’s no place for a ‘rockstar’ in the office.”
“If you don’t self-destruct, you can become more well-rounded,” Fletcher explains. “Seeing the world in this way gives you a much different perspective than you might have had beforehand.”