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Gardens
Gardens
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Detroit’s juxtaposition of sexiness and grime has long been a catalyst for raw, sleazy, stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll—from the Stooges and the MC5 through the White Stripes and beyond. Gardens carry on this tradition with their debut self-titled LP for Alive Records. "Ideas to Use" is driven by organ and female vocals, while "Maze Time" is a flat-out rager spitting attitude—Gardens proudly celebrate straightforward garage rock no matter what its flavor. Better yet, they do it with enough stomp, swagger, and soul to make Ron and Fred proud. —Luca Cimarusti / Chicago Readers
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Gardens: a Short Imagined Dialogue between Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. – Los Grillos
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It’s a vintage sound – listening to this makes me want to dig out my Pebbles compilations – but whereas so many contemporary bands trying to recapture that 60′s vibe sound forced, Gardens are truly in the spirit of it all; wonky, exuberant and above all, varied. No two songs sound alike, with changes of pace and style aplenty. There’s a real sense that Gardens are striving to push their own musical limits and are doing it for the enjoyment of making music, regardless of retro / revisionary trends. – Whisperin & Hollerin
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Flashes of off-kilter inspiration, piano-organ blues and quirky a cappella lend an artsy flourish to Gardens’ primal rock ‘n’ roll base. A smartly conceived, confidently executed first effort from a band you’ll be hearing more about. – Brian McCollum / Detroit Free Press
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There are obvious nods in the direction of Syd Barrett, Velvet Underground and The Beatles but this is their own take on a quite familiar psychedelic rock sound. – Barrygruff UK
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Although rooted in a post-punk hotbed of throbbing, thrashing bass, Gardens’s debut album blossoms over its 10 songs into an adrenaline rush of artful, angular garage-rock. Not unlike contemporary British bands Young Knives and Pete and the Pirates, the Detroit-based combo creates an original sound out of familiar elements. – Alan Brown / PopMatters
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Interview with Gardens. – Christopher Duda / Sugarbuzz Magazine
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Gardens, a wonderfully psychedelic band from sorrowful Detroit, make crunchy guitar rock that has all the grit and attitude of their hometown. – RCRD LBL
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Gardens may sound like a lot of other rock bands for a good chunk of their debut—you’re bound to think of the Black Lips—but when they break from that mold, they show just how much they have to offer. They may be another rock band from Detroit, but this shifting record proves that they’re not just another rock band from Detroit. – Matthew Fiander / PopMatters
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This Motor City quartet has the aggressiveness of a ‘70s punk band weaned on the Stooges, Amboy Dukes and MC5 and the range of a band that’s listened through the transitions from garage to psychedelia and punk to post-punk. – Hyperbolium
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This is the manna for which garage junkies live. Gardens loves the sound of dirty-unto-naughtiness guitars so well, it indulges in them often. Vocals rival the adolescent swagger of Richard Hell and Rick Froberg. – Mary Leary / MOKB
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The band combine their geographical and sonic influences into something that sounds pretty fresh. The production is focused but still loose, the songs are hooky but not overly structured, and the performances are energetic and tossed-off sounding at the same time. – Tim Sendra / AMG
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Could easily have been plucked from the halcyon days of 60s psychedelia with its bluesy feel and swirling chorus lines – The Mad Mackerel
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It’s bluesy guitar rock that is at times as sugary as Motown, at others as aggressive as Iggy Pop. – Blood, Dirt & Angel
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Raised on a diet of Terrence Mckenna,The Beatles, Syd Barrett, Nirvana, and Turkish psychedelic music, GARDENS is part of the new sound of Detroit. Formed by Matthew Mueller, Jeffrey Thomas, Julian Spradlin and Vincent Mazzola, they have already released a couple of singles and cassette, and toured the country, sharing the stage with the likes of Brimstone Howl, Thee Oh Sees, Detroit Cobras, Akron Family, and Tyvek, to name just a few. “Gardens” is their debut album, produced and engineered by Chris Koltay (Akron Family, Dirtbombs, SSM) at High Bias recordings, with Warren Defever of His Name Is Alive.

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