When ever I think of Orange County punk rock I tend to think of the pop punk sounds of Lagwagon and the fairly innocuous bouncy three chord riffs. I don’t think of it being a place that would really breed a proto punk band such as The Garden.
They played their first Bristol show at the Louisiana to a handful of really enthusiastic kids. The duo comprised of twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, play the classic bass drums duo set-up with a really inventive playing. Sonically pulling on the strings of Suicide, Television and Devo thrown together with the electroshock moments of Fischer Spooner.
The rock tight and elaborative duo played with a youthful willingness to play around with sound kind of feels reminiscent of Television at their prime, fussing riffs and tightly knitted rhythms with awkward twinged vocal lines, bringing up an almost social social irrelevance.
It was great to see their wide eyed enthusiasm to push boundaries sonically try new things out, whilst bouncing around the stage, just pure energy. Definitely one to keep a good sollid eye on for years to come.
what did you think of Alex Vargas and Jack Garratt?
They were good, just not as good as the Garden, their show was something really special!