For the past few months, my mind has been haunted by a bassline. Specifically, the bassline from the song “What We Are,” by The Garden. Tonight is no different. It’s 4 a.m., I can’t sleep, and I have Gardenmania! Only tonight I’m lucky enough to talk to the duo behind the music, Fletcher and Wyatt Shears. Not only are these Californians crazy talented, but they’ve captured everyone with their androgynous and eccentric style. They seem as if they could be in a 90’s TV show…maybe a more punk / interesting version of Jordan Catalano??– they’re pretty much just the epitome of cool. After a little confusion (blame time zones), we finally got to chat.
Hannah: Sorry about the crazy time difference! It’s 4am here, please excuse my sleepiness…so, do you guys want to introduce yourself to our readers?
Fletcher: Ha! Sorry…Hey there, I’m Fletcher. I play drums.
Wyatt: Hi, my name is Jebediah, and I play bass.
Hannah: When did you guys decide that you wanted to make music?
Fletcher: We’ve been playing music together since the 5th grade. I don’t really remember how it happened.
Wyatt: I made eye contact with a giant music note wearing Sketchers at a Chili’s in Bakersfield and it just clicked.
Hannah: What kind of music did you play in the early years of the band?
Fletcher: Mostly straight punk (in the early, early years), it slowly evolved after that.
Hannah: In fifth grade?! That’s so cool. I didn’t get into punk until my angsty middle school days… What music did you listen to growing up?
Fletcher: Shattered Faith, JFA, Prodigy, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Suburban Lawns, MDC, The Normal (those are just some random ones I can remember)
Wyatt: Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Fatboy Slim, Minutemen.
Hannah: From Puzzle to Enjoy and beyond, you both seem to be involved in numerous side projects and bands. How are they different from The Garden? Is it hard to balance them all?
Fletcher: To be honest, all focus goes to The Garden. We do our solo stuff in our spare time. It makes it really easy. It’s really not hard at all. The solo stuff is mainly another creative outlet, and it’s just fun.
Hannah: I heard you both worked with Saint Laurent. What was that experience like?
Fletcher: That experience has been fun and still is! Hedi [Slimane] is a cool guy, and we always have a good time working with him.
Hannah: Has your music influenced your style (and vice versa)?
Fletcher: No, our style isn’t really influenced by anything in particular. Maybe just random tidbits of things. I don’t even know what our style is… what is it? I have no idea.
Wyatt: Wyatt is falling asleep.
Hannah: I’m not sure what I would call your style, but I love both of yours. It’s really unique, and your fans seem pretty obsessed with it. Speaking of fans, I’ve seen your fanbase grow tremendously over the past few months online. What is that like?
Fletcher: Uhm, it’s a bit overwhelming. But nice.
Hannah: Ok one last question. If you could perform with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
Fletcher: A Leave it to Beaver soundtrack.
Wyatt: Jaime Lynn Spears.
Hannah: The sun is starting to come up here, so I think I should get some sleep. It was really great talking to you guys!