Minimalist two-piece The Garden expresses a resonance far from small. The punk pair adopts the essence of DIY in their simple outfit. Yet they infiltrate anarchy with a snide and ferocious sound. The West Coast twins Wyatt & Fletcher apparently ‘don’t give a shit what you think’. But with a seventeen track long debut, they sure seem keen to curate a concept that shakes the ears. The Garden spins the punk heritage of California in a unique and cutting style on ‘Haha’.

Whilst ‘Haha’’s eclectic length could have seen some cutting in order to select The Garden’s most captivating songs, the album beholds several great releases in it’s experimental nature. Punk excitingly meets electro to avante-garde rock with a spitting charisma, although at times the pair’s efforts can fall as unpolished and lame. The album’s following leading singles however seem carefully selected in intoxicatingly dark and intriguing nature…

All Smiles Over Here’ opens the album with a pummeling destructive power. Sarcastic-toned playful lyrics rattle across electro-rock in a similar light to old school Hadouken. The Garden feels a little naughties emo-punk laden. ‘Take your sunglasses off and put them back on again, I’ve created a force-field and I hope no-one breaks it!’ leers the vocals with a magnetic sneer.

Title-track ‘Haha’ oozes a bass-line that boogies in a haunting float. Dancing in alternative creation, the song fluctuates an alluring swagger. ‘I am so mysterious’ impishly bounces the lyrics, in spirited and strange fun.

Gift’ sees snarling vocals, ‘I’ll treat it like a gift’ looms over rumbling bass and drums. A helter-skelter of thrilling chords wind ‘Haha’ to a more classic punk close.

Wyatt explains The Garden’s experimental power as “’Vada-Vada’: an idea that represents pure creative expression, that disregards all previously made genres and ideals.” Yet influences from punk genres to electro are clear on ‘Haha’. Perhaps it is quite simply impossible to abolish previous genres and to completely rip it up and start again. However, The Garden proves themselves as diverse and un-afraid to investigate new realms with their debut album. And maybe with a more succinct notion, the duo could hone their sound to sharper and richer creation.

‘Haha’ sees release via Epitaph/Burger Records on October 9th

About The Author

Emily Schofield

First Year Music Journalism Student. Particularly focuses on indie and alternative music. Has a keen eye on new and unsigned bands which need a push and promotion. Born in Bolton just outside of Manchester, she is a follower of the Manchester music scene and its history. She also constantly has her eye on up and coming artists gigging in and around London. Twitter: @TheMoverTweets