Wyatt and Fletcher Shears describe their music with a made-up term: “Vada Vada.”
The term is part of the twin’s shared language. It describes their creative expression, which comes from the Los Angeles drum and bass duo purely, with disregard to genres and ideals.
Vada Vada: An idea that represents pure creative expression and disregards all previously made genres and ideals.
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The music is dirty, raw and immediate, a sort of avant-garde punk fitting their Orange County roots. That sound, along with the pair’s fashion sense (an androgynous aesthetic) has made The Garden international upstarts in both the music and fashion worlds. The brothers have toured Europe four times in as many years and were picked up as part-time models by a major fashion house.
“Randomly,” Wyatt says.
The pair walked the runway for Yves Saint Lauren at Paris Fashion Week in 2013.
I’ve never considered myself a fashion guy.
Wyatt Shears, The Garden
The band released its debut, “The Life and Times of a Paperclip” in 2013 on the hip Los Angeles label Burger Records (home to a slew of nouveau punk and garage rock bands). The OC Weekly named The Garden the best live band the following year. Its latest album, “Haha,” was put out in October as a joint release from punk labels Epitaph and Burger Records, and the brothers are already demo-ing songs for another, Wyatt says.
“We’re ready to get to the next one,” he says.
All the while, the twins have been racking up an insane amount of travel miles with first-time tours to Southeast Asia and Australia and repeat runs in Europe and the U.S. In fact, the duo just returned from Stockholm on Thanksgiving night and were back on the road Dec. 1 for the first date on their West Coast tour.
“It’s just been a really busy year, basically,” Wyatt says, sounding somewhat nonchalant about any success the band has seen.
“Making music has never been a job,” Wyatt says.
“You just go do it every day.”
And that is “Vada Vada.”
- 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
- Strummer’s, 833 E. Fern Ave.
- Tickets: $10, all ages
- 559-485-5356, www.strummerclub.com