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What is The Garden’s favourite anime?

The punk twins don’t subscribe to choosing favourites, but here are three films they can’t stop watching

Dynamic LA twins Fletcher and Wyatt – aka The Garden – savour total creative control over how they are seen and heard. It’s hard to not be dizzied by the way in which The Garden represent themselves both live and onscreen. Their live show’s energy is fast becoming infamous, entering the pantheon of carefree, genre-thwarting visionaries. As their official website states, ‘There never is any time for explanations, only a sense of urgency and a rapid spiral into their parallel world.’ The duo’s interest in watching stuff clearly goes beyond their own filmmaking, but the boys, amongst the most modest young punks you’ll ever encounter, deny claim to being buffs of any sort. In the same way they never got into Disney as kids (“Something about it just didn’t sit right with me,” shivers Fletcher), they aren’t hasty to absorb TV and film in a mindless or traditional fashion. “Being on the road is like this: short bursts of silence and solitude, and long bursts of absolute chaos,” says Wyatt.


“Sometimes the colourful and lively aesthetic of something like anime can be calming,” Fletcher adds. “I usually always watch it when I’m in my most relaxed state. Sometimes I'll watch an episode of Yu Yu Hakusho on my phone or something if I can, back at the hotel. The colours are awesome, the storyline is beyond cool. I think a lot of Western culture missed it because of stuff like Dragonball Z. To me it’s always been my secret little place. I love it, it makes me emotional, it’s inspiring to me. I don't care too much about the quality. It’s more about the action and how it makes me feel.’ Ever true to their evolutionary streak, character development is vital to the brothers in what they watch. They detail their profound disappointment on one particular anime show. “I watched the whole run, 200 episodes, in the vain hope that the characters would develop, and it never happened,” Fletcher laughs. “Really frustrating – if a character stays the same, I’m just like, ‘What's the fucking point?’”


Wyatt feels differently to Fletcher about the mode in which stuff is watched. “For me it is more about the audio and the visual because that’s how it was supposed to made by the creators, so when you hear a loud BOOM, they put that in for a reason. And the colours. It’s ten times better on a nice screen.” Cinema, they agree, should be experienced in the theatre. “I watched It Follows recently and I'm so glad I saw it there,” says Fletcher. “Even then, I didn’t like the whole movie but I liked most of it, which is rare for me with horror.” The concentrated selectivity of what they choose to engage in goes a long way to explaining why they have amassed so much in such a short time.


Making a crossover to another cinematic side of music is something that takes up Wyatt’s vision of the future. “When I’m watching a movie I usually pay a lot of attention to the soundtrack, because eventually that’s what I see myself doing. I really want to get into scoring. I always think about if the orchestra are doing something I’ve never heard before. Have they brought someone in doing something weird? I focus on these things. Eventually, I see myself a more stay at home in the studio working on movies, TV stuff, radio scores.” He created the theme song for his friend Nik Castaneda’s animated show Nik’s Mundane Little Life.