John Garcia (singer)
John Garcia at the Eurockéennes de Belfort 2011
|Birth name||John Garcia|
September 4, 1970 |
San Manuel, Arizona, US
|Genres||Stoner rock, desert rock, heavy metal|
|Associated acts||Kyuss, Slo Burn, Unida, Hermano, Agua de Annique, Kyuss Lives!, Vista Chino|
John Garcia (born September 4, 1970) is a vocalist and songwriter. Garcia is best known as the vocalist and founding member of Kyuss, Slo Burn, and Unida. Garcia recently performed in Vista Chino with former Kyuss drummer Brant Bjork although the band broke up in 2014 after a falling out which caused Garcia to leave the band. Garcia and Bjork have since decided to continue their individual solo projects.
In 1989, while still in high school, Garcia formed Kyuss (originally known as Katzenjammer and Sons of Kyuss) with Brant Bjork and Josh Homme. The band produced five albums in total, all of which featured Garcia on vocals. In October 1995, just three months after releasing the album ...And the Circus Leaves Town, Kyuss disbanded. Their final official release was a 10" vinyl on the now defunct label Man's Ruin Records, which was later re-released on a split CD with Homme's post-Kyuss project Queens of the Stone Age. Kyuss had been on an indefinite hiatus ever since. In November 2010, along with former members Oliveri and Bjork, it was announced he would be touring as Kyuss Lives!, and toured Europe, Australia and New Zealand from March to May 2011 with a new studio album expected to follow. Bruno Fevery filled in for Homme, who did not want to participate. In November 2012, following a lawsuit filed by Homme and former Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder, Kyuss Lives! changed their name to Vista Chino.
In 1996, Garcia formed stoner rock band Slo Burn in Palm Desert, California. Releasing just one EP, Amusing the Amazing, the band's tenure was short-lived, though it was embraced by the former Kyuss fanbase. A total of 9 songs were recorded, but the band did not have enough funds, so the 4 tracks were released as an EP. Bootleg copies of the album that have the remaining 5 tracks exist, unmixed, in varying quality. The band played at Ozzfest in 1997 before disbanding later that year, for reasons never officially revealed.
Upon leaving Slo Burn, Garcia formed the band Unida, which at one point included former Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder. Unida released one album, Coping with the Urban Coyote and a split EP with the Swedish group Dozer. Unida were signed to Rick Rubin's label, American Records, and recorded a second album, El Coyote (alternatively known as The Great Divide) which was unreleased due to company partner, Island/Def Jam, not seeing any commercial potential in the music. The band, however, distributed the album themselves, selling copies at their live shows while on tour. Unida is currently on indefinite hiatus.
In early 2010, a European tour was announced, starting with a gig at Roadburn Festival in April. Billed as "Garcia Plays Kyuss", the performances consisted entirely of songs originally recorded by Garcia's former band, Kyuss. His backing-band is composed of Belgian and Dutch musicians from Agua de Annique, Kong, Celestial Season and Arsenal. During their performance at Hellfest on June 20, John Garcia was joined on stage by former Kyuss members Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri while playing "Gardenia" and "Green Machine".
In November 2010, John Garcia formed Kyuss Lives! with Brant Bjork, Nick Oliveri, and Bruno Fevery. Due to legal pressure on November 2012, Kyuss Lives! announced that they had changed their name to Vista Chino.
Various projects and collaborations
In 1998, he joined Hermano, a side-project created by producer Dandy Brown. The band has released four albums since 2002.
In 2001, he contributed vocals to the track The Thing That Should Not Be along with drummer Jason Bonham, bassist Jeff Pilson (Dokken,) and guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof for the Metallica tribute album Metallic Assault.
In late 2003, Garcia recorded vocals for the song "Born Too Slow" by The Crystal Method. The song became the lead single of Legion of Boom. The song did moderately well in terms of radio airplay and is highly popular among fans of The Crystal Method, particularly because of the howling vocals Garcia laid down on the track. Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland played guitar on the song. Garcia has performed the song live several times with The Crystal Method.
On December 20, 2005, Garcia would finally team up with Homme again, making a guest appearance onstage with Queens of the Stone Age during the encore of their set at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. They performed three Kyuss songs together: "Thumb", "Hurricane" and "Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop". This appearance fueled Kyuss reunion rumours, though Homme has stated publicly that a proper Kyuss reunion is unlikely to ever happen.
In 2006, Garcia collaborated with Canadian band Danko Jones on their third album, Sleep Is the Enemy, contributing vocals to the track "Invisible". He would again collaborate with Danko Jones on their 2008 album Never Too Loud, appearing on the track "Forest for the Trees" along with Pete Stahl.
Garcia has worked on a solo project under the moniker "Garcia Vs Garcia", which was originally slated for a September 2008 release but has since been delayed indefinitely. In February 2014 Garcia announced in a Facebook post that he had signed a deal with Napalm Records and plans to release his solo album at the end of summer.
In 2008, John Garcia collaborated with Belgian band Arsenal on their album Lotuk, contributing lyrics and vocals to two tracks, "Not a Man" and "Diggin' a Hole". The band members of Arsenal also shot a film documenting the making of the album, including footage of Garcia driving around in his hometown.
Sons of Kyuss
- Sons of Kyuss (1990)
- Wretch (1991)
- Blues for the Red Sun (1992)
- Welcome to Sky Valley (1994)
- ...And the Circus Leaves Town (1995)
- Amusing the Amazing EP (1996)
- Coping with the Urban Coyote (1999)
- El Coyote/The Great Divide (unreleased 2001)
- Peace (2013)
- John Garcia (2014)
- Supafuzz – Supafuzz (1998) "You Don't Even Know Me", "Mr. Policeman"
- Misdemeanor – Five Wheel Drive EP (1999) "Love Song"
- Mondo Generator – Cocaine Rodeo (2000) "Simple Exploding Man" w/ classic Kyuss line-up.
- Metallic Assault: A Tribute to Metallica (2001) "The Thing That Should Not Be"
- Orange Goblin – Coup de Grace (2002) "Made of Rats", "Jesus Beater"
- Gallery of Mites – Bugs on a Blue Fish (2003) "100 Days(Heron)"
- The Crystal Method – Legion of Boom (2003) "Born Too Slow" w/ Wes Borland
- Biblical Proof of UFO's – Interstellar Messages (2004) "Passive Aggressive", "Two Minute Warning"
- Danko Jones – Sleep Is the Enemy (2006) "Invisible"
- Waxy – Chainsaw Holiday (2007) "White Walls"
- Danko Jones – Never Too Loud (2008) "Forest for the Trees" w/ Pete Stahl
- Arsenal – Lotuk (2008) "Not a Man", "Diggin a Hole"
- Monkey3 – Undercover (2009) "Watchin' You"
- Mad City Rockers – Black Celebration (2009) "Stronger"
- Karma to Burn – Appalachian Incantation (2010) "Two Times" (bonus track)
- Mondo Generator – Hell Comes To Your Heart (2012) "The Last Train"
- "KYUSS Lives Without JOSH HOMME". Blabbermouth.net. November 2, 2010.
- "Kyuss Lives To Record New Album". Metalunderground.com. December 14, 2010.
- "KYUSS LIVES! Becomes VISTA CHINO". Blabbermouth.net. November 29, 2012.
- "Three-Quarters of KYUSS Reunites at France's HELLFEST". Blabbermouth.
- "Vista Chino – Peace". discogs.com. Retrieved on October 6, 2013.
- "Queens of the Stone age joined by unexpected guest". NME. December 21, 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-03.
- "Garcia Vs Garcia". Garcia Vs Garcia official website. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- "Vista Chino/Ex Kyuss Frontman John Garcia Signs Solo Deal With Napalm Records". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved February 13, 2014.