The Garden (band)

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The Garden
The Garden (2017).jpg
The Garden in New York, in 2017
Background information
OriginOrange County, California
Years active2011–present
Associated acts
  • Wyatt Shears
  • Fletcher Shears

The Garden is an American duo from Orange County, California, formed in 2011 by twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears. The duo released their debut album The Life and Times of a Paperclip in 2013, with several smaller releases following. In 2015, the group released their second studio album Haha along with the lead single "All Smiles Over Here :)" to critical acclaim after being signed to Epitaph Records. They released their third album Mirror Might Steal Your Charm on March 30, 2018.


2011–14: Formation and debut album[edit]

Twins Wyatt and Fletcher Shears formed The Garden in 2011 aged 17 as a side project from MHV, but they left and pursued The Garden full time. Their name The Garden is a metaphor for their music "growing" and evolving.[1][2][3] They began playing shows and soon, still signed to their previous band's label Burger Records, released their debut self titled EP in May, 2012 on cassette,[4][5][6] followed by Everything Is Perfect in December.[7] They released the song "I'm a Woman" with a video in late 2012 before releasing their debut album The Life and Times of a Paperclip in July, 2013.[8][9][10] A month later they released the Rules EP, featuring "Spirit Chant" previously released on Everything Is Perfect, and "Get Me My Blade" which was released along with a video earlier that year.[11][12] They released a few more singles and EP's throughout 2014, as well as a song titled Cloak, a track featured on their then upcoming second album.[13][14][15]

2015–2017: Haha and U Want the Scoop?[edit]

In January 2015, The Garden twins released a 7" titled "Surprise" featuring the B-side "This Could Build Us a Home".[16][17][18][19] They signed to Epitaph Records and in August 2015, they announced their second studio album Haha and premiered the lead single, "All Smiles Over Here :)".[20] They released a video for the song "Egg" on October 9, a day before the duo embarked on a world tour.[21][22] In 2016, they released a string of singles, "Play Your Cards Right" (featuring Crazy 8), "Call This # Now" and "California Here We Go", before releasing the U Want the Scoop? EP in March 2017, following a video for "All Access".[23][24][25][26][27] During September 2017, the duo opened for Mac DeMarco on his North American tour.[28]

2018-Present: Mirror Might Steal Your Charm[edit]

On January 24, The Garden released the single "No Destination" on Epitaph Records with an accompanying music video.[29] On February 27, they released a new music video for the single "Stallion," and announced their new album, Mirror Might Steal Your Charm, was set to release on March 30.[30][31] A third single, "Call The Dogs Out," came out three days before the album's release on March 27.[32]

Side projects[edit]

Both twins have experimental side projects: Wyatt's being Enjoy and Fletcher's being Puzzle. They’re also avid modelers; having campaigned for brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Hugo Boss, Ugg, and Balenciaga.[33]

Enjoy albums[34][35]
  • "gold" (2012)
  • Spaceships & Attitudes (2013)
  • Quest (2013)
  • Legacy (2014)
  • Punk Planet (2015)
  • Another Word for Joy (2016)
  • Real Life Like Cold Ice (2016)
  • Small Car Big Wheels (2018)
Puzzle albums[36][37]
  • That's Fine (2013)
  • Pure (2013)
  • It's Really Whatever (2013)
  • I'll Just Say This (2013)
  • Wonderful? (2013)
  • Drinking Blood (2014)
  • And Then Suddenly, Like Magic! (2014)
  • Silver Jungle (2014)
  • Soaring (2016)
  • Laying in the Sand (2017)
  • Tighten the Reins (2017)
  • X Hail (2019)

Musical style[edit]

The band is known for their fast, punk-influenced two-piece bass and drum songs, with both their music and image being characterized by "DIY principles, thrift store-cum-glam fashion style and a vast list of influences." The brothers classify their sound as "vada vada," a philosophy which Wyatt Shears describes as “an idea that represents pure creative expression, that disregards all previously made genres and ideals”.[38]


Studio albums

  • The Life and Times of a Paperclip (2013)
  • Haha (2015)
  • Mirror Might Steal Your Charm (2018)


  • Burger Records Tape (2012)
  • Everything Is Perfect (2012)
  • Rules (2013)
  • U Want the Scoop? (2017)


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