Evan Rachel Wood: I Went Into The Desert With My Favorite Band
So this is life... I’ve noticed
Besides being quintessentially cool, Evan Rachel Wood holds many titles: Bona fide movie star, musician, singer, mother, activist, Beatles lover, writer...and now, we are excited to announce that she can officially add NYLON editor to her expansive list of credentials.
"So this is life... I've noticed."
That's a line from one of my favorite songs by Figs Vision called “New York Home.” Jordan Spoliansky, the lead singer, wrote those lyrics when he was just 16 years old.
When I heard it for the first time, I was blown away by the simplicity of the words and the extraordinary weight they carried. It showed a maturity that fascinated and compelled me to dig deeper and find out who these guys were.
Back in February, I was with my bandmate and close friend Zach Villa, smack-dab in the middle of writing and recording our debut album. We had a pretty explosive beginning, full of inspiration, lyrics, and sounds just spilling out of us at rapid speed. We hit that halfway point and felt like we needed a boost, a little Mario mushroom, something to carry us over the finish line. We decided to scope out some venues, see what new bands were playing around town, and get excited about performing live. (After this night we would finish our album with a vengeance and a newfound inspiration.)
We were scrolling through the lineup at The Echo, in Los Angeles' Silver Lake, when we stumbled upon one of the more intriguing band bios we have ever read:
The musical matrimony of Gunner and Jordan was spawned by a motorcycle accident when they were only 14 years old. As they were riding dirt bikes in a harsh L.A. rainstorm, Jordan lost control and effectively launched his bike from a muddy bank, down a steep hillside, and into a deep crevasse. After much discussion on how to retrieve the motorcycle, the two boys got a long rope, anchored it to a rebar stake, and slowly descended into the ravine. As their feet splashed down into the watery basin of a deep mossy cave, they quickly noticed traces of human inhabitance—a smoldering fire, some loose articles of clothing, a heap of garbage, and even a rocking chair in relatively good condition. Someone was living in this cave. As they continued deeper, almost forgetting about the lost bike, the boys met a man who they came to know as Fig, whose vision birthed what has become the mission of Jordan's and Gunner’s natural lives.
The two men it refers to are, of course, Jordan and Gunner Sixx. Both 25—yet have already lived a million lifetimes—best friends who met in elementary school and now write all of Figs’ music together while performing it with their bandmates Zackary Darling, Mike Musselman, and Mario Cerutti.
And yes, if you’re wondering, Gunner is related to Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, but by making the bold move of pursuing his own music career, I can assure you, he is carving out his own sound and identity in an original and beautiful way that would make most people living in a shadow quite envious.
Upon some more research, we found that they described themselves as “survivors of gross misguidance, and moreover, as brothers deeply entwined in parallel living” who are also “inspired by desert mystic.” Again, so fucking intriguing. Who could they possibly be?