The Garden

PopGun Presents

The Garden

LE1F, Machine Girl

Dec 02

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Elsewhere - Hall

Brooklyn, NY

$16 / $20

This event is 16 and over

The Garden
The Garden
The Garden is a constantly evolving, conceptual punk band based in Orange County, California.
Established in in 2011 by twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, the band consistently defies categorization and continues to break ground in their self inflicted ‘Vada Vada’ genre*.
They are the auditory invaders of the new world; borderless, informed and decentralized, slick sound released from constraint and old ideologies.

*Vada Vada: An idea that represents pure creative expression, that disregards all previously made genres and ideals.- Wyatt Shears, 2015

The twins draw inspiration from a background in punk classicism but remain unfettered and unselfconscious enough to infuse elements of 90s hip hop and big beat electronica.
The Garden is the intellectual refute to critics of the post modern, pantheistic generation of music listener with an equal dose of punk irreverence and undistilled fury.

Their two-piece bass and drums essence is dirty, raw and very immediate but equally nuanced with echoes of the hive mind of the Vadaverse, the ephemeral architecture that exists both inside and outside of the duo that the listener enters and never quite escapes.
Together the twins are an acidic concoction; unstable, sexy and probably toxic.

The Garden’s shows are experiential, as powerful and philosophically confounding as they are glib and tricksy.
There never is any time for explanations, only a sense of urgency and a rapid spiral into their parallel world.
To be seduced and ensnared by mirror-image raconteurs, operating an addictive carnival ride of sound and movement that stops as abruptly as it starts, is a close approximation of The Garden experience.
Le1f is always looking toward the future. Since the release of his debut mixtape Dark York in 2012, the Manhattan-raised rapper born Khalif Diouf has been renowned his circles and across the media for pushing boundaries with everything from lyrics, the technicalities of his flow and his beat choices. Producers are only now catching up to the sound of its first single “Wut.” With an almost-lifelong background in ballet and modern dance, as well as a degree in dance from Wesleyan University (where he honed his music skills, learning production on FruityLoops and ultimately creating the beat for Das Racist’s breakout “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”). With Dark York, Le1f commanded attention from both the rap and dance music worlds—although his vibrant curiosity with his ample footwork, the deep cadence of his voice, his ability to both tell stories and flex in his lyrics and an undeniable sense of forward-thinking in his music.

The subsequent release of his Fly Zone and Tree House mixtape, a collaborative EP with producer Boody called Liquid released via Boysnoize and his Terrible Records debut EP Hey furthered that narrative. But with his first full-length Riot Boi (Terrible/XL) finds Le1f finalizing the vision. Drawing inspiration from the Riot Grrl Movement and artists like M.I.A. and Missy Elliott, the album is both a celebration of marginalized identities but without slipping into the divisive territory of “conscious rap.” In his own words, he’s “somewhere between an activist and an antagonist.”

Riot Boi features guest appearances from fellow innovators Junglepussy, House of LaDosha and Dev Hynes, as well as production from PC Music’s SOPHIE on the first single, coquette club anthem “Koi.” Le1f has received accolades from press on the cutting edge like Vice, The FADER, FACT Magazine and Pitchfork and has been featured in Vogue, Interview and BuzzFeed. But he is not just being noticed for his own artistry and his impeccable taste and prescience for the future of rap and R&B is deftly displayed through artists like Rahel, Donchristian and more signed to his own Camp & Street label.
Machine Girl
Venue Information:
Elsewhere - Hall
599 Johnson Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11237