John Garcia (singer)

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John Garcia
Garcia in 2011
Garcia in 2011
Background information
Born (1970-09-04) September 4, 1970 (age 52)[1]
San Manuel, Arizona, U.S.[citation needed]
OriginPalm Springs, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active1987–present
Member of
Formerly of

John Garcia (born September 4, 1970)[1] is an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the vocalist and founding member of stoner rock bands Kyuss, Slo Burn, Unida and Hermano. Garcia also performed in Vista Chino, formerly Kyuss Lives!, with former Kyuss members Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri. Garcia has since decided to pursue his solo career, having formed his band, John Garcia and the Band of Gold, in 2019.[2]

Musical career[edit]


In 1989, while still in high school, Garcia formed Kyuss (originally known as Katzenjammer and Sons of Kyuss) with Brant Bjork, Chris Cockrell, Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri. Through changing lineups, 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[3] with a new studio album expected to follow.[4] 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.[5]

Slo Burn[edit]

Garcia in 2000

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. Slo Burn reunited twenty years later in 2017 and went on tour before going on hiatus the same year.


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 Recordings, 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 touring without Garcia due to touring with his solo band.


In 1998, Garcia joined Hermano, a side-project created by producer Dandy Brown. Since 2002, the band has released three studio albums: Only a Suggestion, Dare I Say, and Into the Exam Room, and one live album, Live at W2. Hermano currently remains on hiatus due to Garcia's commitment to his solo band.

Vista Chino[edit]

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".[6]

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.[5]

Vista Chino released their debut album Peace on September 3, 2013 through Napalm Records.[7]

Various projects and collaborations[edit]

In 1999, Garcia collaborated with Swedish all-female stoner band Misdemeanor on "Love Song", the fourth track of their EP, Five Wheel Drive.

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 2002, Garcia contributed vocals to two tracks on UK band Orange Goblin's album Coup de Grace, "Made of Rats" and "Jesus Beater".

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[citation needed], 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".[8] 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.[9]

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.

In 2010, he also collaborated with Karma to Burn in the Two Times song which is included in the Appalachian Incantation album.

In 2012, Garcia appeared on the Mondo Generator album, Hell Comes to Your Heart, providing backing vocals on two of its tracks, "Won't Let Go" and "The Last Train".

On July 25, 2014, he released his debut solo album, John Garcia.[10]

In 2017, Garcia released his second solo album, The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues.

In early 2019, he released his third solo album under the name John Garcia and the Band of Gold. Garcia has since toured under the moniker alongside the lineup of guitarist Ehren Groban, bassist Mike Pygmie, and drummer Greg Saenz.[2]



  • John Garcia (2014)
  • John Garcia / Black Mastiff (2015) "Little Marshall"[11]
  • The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues (2017)
  • John Garcia and the Band of Gold (2019)


Slo Burn



Vista Chino

Guest appearances


  1. ^ a b @johngarciasolo (September 4, 2021). "Nothing more I want or need then to be hanging with these two wonderful people and listening to @blackpumas on my 51st birthday....BANG!!". Retrieved November 22, 2022 – via Instagram.
  2. ^ a b Blueskye, Brian (July 19, 2019). "Former Kyuss frontman isn't touring with backing musicians. John Garcia has a 'band of gold'". The Desert Sun. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  3. ^ "KYUSS Lives Without JOSH HOMME". November 2, 2010. Archived from the original on November 5, 2010.
  4. ^ "Kyuss Lives To Record New Album". December 14, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "KYUSS LIVES! Becomes VISTA CHINO". November 29, 2012.
  6. ^ "Three-Quarters of KYUSS Reunites at France's HELLFEST". Blabbermouth. Archived from the original on August 11, 2010.
  7. ^ "Vista Chino – Peace". Retrieved on October 6, 2013.
  8. ^ "Queens of the Stone age joined by unexpected guest". NME. December 21, 2005. Retrieved July 3, 2007.
  9. ^ "Garcia Vs Garcia". Garcia Vs Garcia official website. Retrieved October 24, 2008.
  10. ^ "Nick Oliveri Talks New Album, Playing with QOTSA on Halloween, and the Demise of Kyuss (Again) | Antiquiet".
  11. ^ "John Garcia / Black Mastiff – Little Marshall / Bloody Mastiff". Discogs. Retrieved November 20, 2022.

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