My latest band crush are the 20-year-old twin brothers, Fletcher and Wyatt Shears, who makes music as The Garden. Hedi Slimane obviously already discovered them a year ago or so, and took some suave b/w photos of them. Their gender bender, cross-dress, anything goes kind of style, I find deeply appealing and sends thoughts trailing back to Kurt Cobain – though only in regards to style, music wise these guys are very low-fi in sound and approach. Maybe some of you have already heard them as they played in Berlin and Hamburg 18-19 th of February this year, while on their European Tour (no show in Copenhagen). I truly hope these videos can be watched in Germany, as I know a lot of the youtube videos are not made available, but unfortunately there are no vimeo alternatives (that I could find).
I find that The Garden are part of an all boys, no-rules, no-bullshit driven wave of bands these years, related to Danish punk/noize bands like Lower, Communions, Age Coin, Skurv, and Iceage and many more (all from the label Posh Isolation), that play with signals, gender and identity. Although a different genre and in a different way, Mykki Blanco, LE1F, and Zebra Katz should also be mentioned, for bravely mixing things up and offering a different view and sound on the status quo. Two faced one, like a friend of mine would say.
I am a girl that wants to be a boy that plays a girl.
Check out their Facebook page for coming shows:
And Bandcamp for music:
All photos are a mix of randomly googled images from the www.