Their previous record Mirror Might Steal Your Charm was immediately thrust into the lap of personal favorites coming from 2018, and the bar was set fairly high coming into Kiss My Super Bowl Ring. Here, this is less of a straight-forward arrow approach and more of a break-beat percussive twist that interweaves through 11 tracks over 35 minutes. While the record feels as if it was a step backward in the clean production that accompanied The Garden in 2018, this step backward is in no way a retrogressive one. Instead, Kiss My Super Bowl Ring is a rambunctious dive through tumbling percussive clashes and electronic bursts that accompany these oftentimes shouts of frustration and braggadocious behavior.
Between both Wyatt and Fletcher, there is this adventurous nature that always trails in their themes of sound. Every record has its own identity and Kiss My Super Bowl Ring burns this essence that has a mid-2000’s gloss over it. Somewhere underneath that neon green font, The Garden swings back the doors with “Clench To Stay Awake” which is one of the essentially slowed tracks present. Beginning, “Here comes another day, where I clench to stay awake.
The Garden have an amazing time of cracking in and out of these frantic moods where everything collapses on the weight of itself. With a track like “The King Of Cutting Corners” that features some real rage behind the vocals, the somewhat hook explains, “You can catch me flipping quarters before my work is done, you can catch me taking orders but my ears are gone,” with this guitar that blasts in the background. As the walls close in and the end is in sight, the sound explodes in one last colorful ombre.
Kiss My Super Bowl ring is primarily stuck between intimidation and creation which in turn, makes for some conflicting moments here. On one hand, The Garden is an energetic bomb that breaks pavement, on the other, they manage to deconstruct the label of style for this record and again, create something entirely unique.