LAST MONTH DURING GUM SALON PARTY IN MILAN, WE HAD THE CHANCE TO INTERVIEW AND SHOT THIS YEAR’S GARAGE ROCK 'IT BAND’: THE GARDEN. ORANGE COUNTRY WYATT AND FLETCHER SHEARS, TWENTY-ONE YEAR-OLD IDENTICAL TWINS WHO HAVE BEEN STIRRING THE LIVELY GUITAR SCENE IN CALIFORNIA, HAVE A SIGNIFICANT REBELLIOUSLY INNOVATIVE BLEND OF ELECTRONIC PUNK CONJURED FROM, MOSTLY, A BASS GUITAR AND A DRUM KIT. THE ANDROGYNOUS TWINS LOOK VERY COOL AND APPARENTLY THEY’RE REALLY GOOD AT HOCKEY. READ OUR CONVERSATION HERE AND ENJOY THE SPECIAL GALLERY BY PHOTOGRAPHER MAX MARTIN
Hello Wyatt, Hello Fletcher! Nice meeting you and welcome to Milan.
Thank you, it’s exciting to be here!
Being twin and creative soulmates, playing together. Did it work out naturally and smoothly? Did your father’s career influenced yours?
Wyatt: Well, yes, there’s no real separation. We never get annoyed with each other (they laughs) or feel we need some time off.
Fletcher: You think so (he laughs)
Wyatt: Our father was in OC punk bands Final Conflict and Shattered Faith, played in The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, The Normal. We have memories from the kindergarden of this array of different bands.
How would you Wyatt describe Fletcher and viceversa?
Wyatt: Ummm, hard, it’s hard to explain. I’m usually the one sitting down and writing the song, he tends to be more aggressive sometimes.
Fletcher: Describing Wyatt is weird, almost like describing myself as fucked up as that sounds (he laughs) because we work in the exact same way when we make music.
You have been muse of Hedi Slimane. What kind of role plays fashion for you? And do you have any style icon?
Wyatt: Once, after playing a show at The Echoplex with The Abigails, we got an email from Saint Laurent. So the story started. He is still a very good friend and was great working with him
Fletcher: I am not so fashion addicted, i did not even know who he was at the very beginning but it did work our very well.
It looks like you have your own sound universe. What inspire your music?
Wyatt: We go from a Japanese video game composer called Manabu Namiki to Nineties American Rapper Aside passing through post-punk soundtracks by Killing Joke or Political Crap till country singer Johnny Paycheck.
Fletcher: Trying to break the rules!
Wyatt: We don’t claim to be a punk band and we don’t claim to be a rock band. And we invented the term “Vada-Vada” to describe our sound
You are very young but already amassed a muscly back catalogue of music ‘since you were in diapers’. What’s next now?
Wyatt: Touring for a while and then back to LA to write few more stuff and play some hockeys.
Fletcher: We are pretty good at that.
Whyatt: Yes we are!
Special thanks to GUM SALON