The Garden Gives the Vadaverse the Scoop
Shear twins plant a new EP
Since The Garden’s last album release in 2015 being their debut album known as 'Haha’, vadaverse fans have been wondering how members, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, would top such a distinctive independent sounding album that clearly distinguished the uniquity found only in The Garden’s music. Nonetheless, the release of their new EP ‘U want the Scoop’ provides fans a fresh surprise filled with a completely different lyrical vision containing distinguishable references to current day political societal issues faced with our youthful generation, while still maintaining the infectious synthetic instrumentals that fans of The Garden adore.
The first track of the EP, 'Clay', instantly introduces the listener to The Garden’s new take on their upbeat synthetic instrumentals with the effect of making you want to jump around your room. ‘Clay’ off the bat introduces fans to The Garden’s political theme evident in this EP showing the importance our youthful culture has on shaping the outcome of the future with, “I'm gonna mold this future / like we are dealing with clay”. Along with the song containing a sneaky lyrical reference to both Wyatt and Fletcher’s side project bands with, “life is a puzzle/ that you’ve got to enjoy.” ‘Clay’ as a whole seems to be a call to action song, focusing on not giving up on changing the future amidst a corrupted system as The Garden saids, “acknowledge nothing and move on past.” The second track ‘ Make Yer Mark ’ answers the call to action in ‘Clay’, by addressing directly at the bigoted system and at president Donald Trump, with “you think you’re really better than us/ because now you got the power/ you’re under the impression that you’ve got big balls/ because you own a couple towers.” ‘ Mark Yer Mark ’ serves as the ironic upbeat political diss track on the EP with describing those in power as “too many slugs in the white house.” The call to action reference is also hinted with The Garden directly addressing the importance of the youth with, “What about the youth?/ what about the youth?.” The youth seems to be overshadowed by the slugs in the white house, which the Shear twins advise that, “now we’ve got to figure it out/ because all you ancient split suckers/ are getting as old as their dead grandmother's.”
The third track ‘Have A Good Day Sir’ diverts the topic from the government to the societal issue involving the police. ‘Have A Good Day Sir’ like “I guess we’ll never know” has a very fast upbeat lyrical pace as ironically Wyatt describes his driving experience as he continues, “movin down south on interstate 10/ suns going down and I’m speedin again”. Inevitably the consequences of speeding results with Wyatt getting pulled over by the police, which he tries to charm his way out of a ticket by pulling off a, “convincing smile/relatable topics.” Shears gets away with the ticket as the cop acknowledges, “You seem like a great guy/ polite smile and a great ass.” Ironically, in our society with recent problems dealing with relations to ethnicity and police it’s not always as easy as Wyatt to obtain a “have a good day son” from the police, unscratched, empty handed without a ticket.
The fourth track ‘All access’ is geared towards the artificiality found in a society that has all access. ‘All access’ serves as the most infectious upbeat song of the EP like The Garden’s latest single ‘Call this # now,’ with the effect of making you want to mosh against a group of people like the music video. The song encompasses the independent loneliness found in living in a society of all access with, “In the end you’re on your own/better cook up something good while you’re home." Overall The Garden alludes to the world of all access being corrupt and unoriginal with, “All I ever hear is the same damn thing/ I wonder why people say the same damn thing.” The world of all access seems like a unsuitable world for a band as uniquely independent as The Garden. Lastly, the fifth track referring to the name of the EP ‘U Want the Scoop?’, ties back to the beginning theme of politics with The Garden referring to the corrupted businessman being from ‘split’. ‘U want the scoop?’ focuses on being in the loop with those from split, with the average man from split looking like, “a picture of a old business man, “ and “like a latex mask then you know he’s from split.” The Garden exposes the true colors of the businessman from “split”, by alluding to a bug shedding its skin with, “shed that latex skin again tired of shaking human hands.” The theme of the youth disrupting the flow of the corrupted system returns in the final lyrics of the song, as The Garden suggest to “travel back to split/ we go to fucking intercept him.” It seems the answer to all these societal issues The Garden address in their 5 track EP focused on the President, government, police, businessman, and an artificial society is by the youth taking control of our generation’s future.
Overall, The Garden’s entirely different stylistic approach to their EP ‘U want the Scoop?’ serves to address an important reference to our current day societal issues and how important our current generation is in serving as a catalyst in shaping the future. This ironic EP demonstrates how The Garden has matured as a band and how the role of the youth, like the main demographic of all fans of The Garden, has the potential to change the politically corrupted system. ‘U want the scoop?’ will influence all listeners to make their mark in society and change our all access society into a more woke independent society like The Garden’s vision in this EP.