JOHN GARCIA

Stoner Rock / Non-Metal • United States
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JOHN GARCIA is the former frontman for VISTA CHINO, KYUSS, UNIDA, and HERMANO. After VISTA CHINO disbanded in 2014, GARCIA opted to continue with a solo career. His self-titled debut full-length studio album was released in July 2014. The music style is a continuation of the hard/stoner rock style of his previous acts.

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John Garcia
Stoner Rock 2014
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Non-Metal 2017

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JOHN GARCIA The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues

Album · 2017 · Non-Metal
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"The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues" is the 2nd full-length studio album by hard rock artist John Garcia. The album was released through Napalm Records in January 2017. Garcia is probably mostly known for being the frontman of Kyuss, but he has also fronted acts like Hermano, Unida, and Vista Chino. When the latter mentioned act disbanded in 2014, Garcia opted for a solo career and released his eponymously titled debut full-length studio album in 2014.

The debut album featured a catchy and edgy hard rock sound with Garcia´s strong voice and distinct delivery in front. On "The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues", Garcia takes a different approach, as he has opted to record an album with acoustic renditions of some Kyuss classics ("Green Machine", "Space Cadet", "Gardenia", and "El Rodeo") and some new acoustic songs. It´s not always purely acoustic albums work very well, but Garcia pulls it off pretty well. Both on the strength of his strong voice and distinct sounding vocal style, but also because of the intricate guitar arrangements. I´m often transported back to the most acoustic oriented tracks on "Led Zeppelin III", and that is definitely not the worst album to be compared to.

Playing Kyuss classics in re-arranged acoustic versions is probably a fan divider, as some people will call it heresy, while others will find it interesting. Personally I belong in the latter catagory, and I generally think "The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues" succeeds in bringing a new fresh sound to the material plus the new songs are well written and catchy too. "The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues" is also very well produced, which further enhances the listening experience and upon conclusion it´s a high quality release by John Garcia and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

JOHN GARCIA John Garcia

Album · 2014 · Stoner Rock
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"John Garcia" is the eponymously titled debut full-length studio album by US hard/stoner rock vocalist John Garcia. The album was released through Napalm Records in July 2014. Garcia is probably mostly known as founding member and vocalist in stoner rock legends Kyuss, but he has also been involved in other acts like Unida, Slo-Burn, Hermano and most recently Vista Chino. The latter mentioned released the great "Peace" album in 2013, but disbanded in 2014 and Garcia then opted for a solo career. He is helped out here by prolific artists like Danko Jones, Tom Brayton, Mark Diamond, and Nick Oliveri. Robby Krieger from The Doors makes a guest appearance on the closing track "Her Bullets' Energy".

The music on the album is pretty much a continuation of the hard/stroner rock style of Vista Chino, which basically means accessible and memorable rock with a heavy edge and a dusty desert atmosphere. It´s not obvious that it´s a singer´s solo album, as there is great focus on the instrumental part of the music too, and John Garcia doesn´t fill every empty instrumental space with vocals, but instead lets the music breathe when that is called for. It´s both admirable and necessary as it prevents the album from falling into the same generic trap as a lot of other solo projects by lead vocalists often end up in. Good vocals, boring predictable music. Here both the instrumental part of the music and the vocals work well individually and together, and it generally sounds more like a band effort than a solo album. Hard rockers like "My Mind" and "All these Walls" are among the highlights on the album, but I´d say it´s an album which deserves to be listened to from start to finish, as it features a good flow, and a satisfying degree of variation.

The album is very well produced featuring an organic and powerful sound, which suits the music well and all in all this is a high quality debut album by John Garcia. There are few surprises here, but who really wants those when it comes to John Garcia? As long as the quality of the performances, the sound production, and the quality of the material are as high as they are here, I´m happy as a pig in mud. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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