JOHN GARCIA - Kyuss My Eye
by Martin Popoff
Consummate desert-washed vocal lion John Garcia is best known for his helmsmanship at the mic of adobe and tumbleweed grunge gods Kyuss. But as we know, that band fragmented into many half-sun-baked bands and project bands and big bands (Queens Of The Stone Age), as well as splits, compilations and all manner of finicky collector goo.
Still, Garcia has managed to front Slo Burn, as well as two records with Hermano. Recently, he's gotten way too much press for writing and swapping a coupla songs with pert Canadian rockists Danko Jones, but his lazy eye for '07 sees another Hermano record, and continued work on a solo album to be released... "September 4, 2008. That's the one I want to use; it's going to take me a long time, plus, I'm in no f**king hurry. This solo record... I'm not going to be changing the face of f**king rock 'n' roll, you know what I mean? I have a three-year old, and I want to spend some time with her. So it's going to take that amount of time."
Look for Danko, as well as members of Monster Magnet, Fatso Jetso, Dixie Witch and Karma To Burn to bum along. "Some of the other players I want to use, they are diamonds in the rough, and they are just great friends of mine that I want to get together. I've always wanted to play with these guys and jam with them. Since I was 18 years old, I've been working on some of these songs. So it will be fun. I've always wanted to do it, and it's time."
"It's going to be rock 'n' roll; it's going to be a rock record," says Garcia, pressed for a description of this collection a year and ten months away. "There will be some softer stuff, some acoustic things, but mostly a rock record. But it's just one of those things I've always wanted to do, and there's no better time than right now; I've got nothing else really going on. Hermano is more like me getting together with all of my friends and drinking some cold beers and that's about it. And it's fun to do."
Like I said, that's comin' up in-between... "Yes, there will be, as a matter fact we just signed a contract and it's being finalized right now. So the writing process has started. So we're going to be doing what we've been doing with Hermano, just kind of like, going off for two weeks in Europe, you know, a couple times, because of all of us have families, and all of us have normal jobs. So it's great to still be able to make a good living in what we do, my wife in politics, me in veterinary medicine, and still be able to come to Toronto, for a show, or go to Europe for a couple of shows, you know what I mean? And still be able to hold down a normal life, and not just be crazy on the road."
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