Desert rock legend John Garcia is back with and he brought some sand-covered riffs for your ears. Garcia is a founding member and former vocalist of the now disbanded Kyuss. Since their split Garcia has not stopped working on project after project, often bringing on old bandmates like Scott Reeder and Brant Bjork. After forming Slo Burn, Unida, and Vista Chino Garcia released two solo albums. Some of these included original material or different takes on old Kyuss tunes. Since his last recording, The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues, John Garcia and the band have found a new energy that is palpable from the first note.
John Garcia And The Band Of Gold begins with the introductory track, “Space Vato”. As tiring as introduction tracks have become, this ramped up an energy that prepared you for the coming tide of the album. Garcia’s identifiable and unique voice is as strong as ever. With the small bite-sized tracks the album does not exhaust or lose momentum; One track moves on to the next without one staying for too long. Tracks like “Chicken Delight” and “Popcorn (Hit Me When You Can)” are groovy tracks rooted in old acid rock with modern aggression and style to them. “Lilliana” is riff powered desert rock, something that can only be born from sand. My favorite track on the record “Apache Junction” is pure Sabbath-worship that channels the energy of a song like “Hand of Doom”. After spending a day in the desert, you sit and stare at the stars with “Softer Side”. This ends the album on a soft and euphoric note.
John Garcia And the Band Of Gold is out via Napalm Records January 4 with a European tour happening shortly after its release (dates below). To keep up with John Garcia and his band, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Live: JOHN GARCIA And The Band Of Gold Special Show w/ Nick Oliveri, Luna Sol, Death in Pretty Wrapping 29.11.18 US – Las Vegas / Vinyl
w/ Dead Quiet 23.01.19 FR – Paris / Le Trabendo 24.01.19 FR – Bordeaux / Le Krakatoa 25.01.19 ES – Madrid / Caracol 26.01.19 ES – Barcelona / Razzamatazz 2 28.01.19 FR – Lyon / Le Kao 29.01.19 CH – Zurich / Bogen F. 30.01.19 IT – Milan / Santeria Club 31.01.19 DE – Munich / Backstage Halle 02.02.19 AT – Graz / Explosiv 03.02.19 HU – Budapest / A38 04.02.19 CZ – Prague / Rock Cafe 05.02.19 DE – Nürnberg / Hirsch 07.02.19 DE – Jena / F-Haus 08.02.19 DE – Berlin / SO36 09.02.19 DK – Copenhagen / Loppen 10.02.19 NO – Oslo / John Dee 12.02.19 FI – Helsinki / Tavastia 14.02.19 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Strand 15.02.19 SE – Gothenburg / Sticky Fingers 16.02.19 DE – Hamburg / Gruenspan 17.02.19 DE – Cologne / Helios 37 19.02.19 BE – Leuven / Het Depot 20.02.19 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal 21.02.19 DE – Essen / Turock 22.02.19 NL – Tilburg / 013 23.02.19 UK – London / O2 Academy Islington
For fans of Nineties psych-fused heavy rock, a group that commonly springs to mind is Los Angeles based power-trio Nebula, a group whose initial incarnation was formed out of the ashes of Fu Manchu and their decaying line-up at the time. Celebrating their 20th Anniversary, the group are planning to reissue their first three recordings under the newly-established, slightly esoteric label under the name of Heavy Psych Sounds. Each individual release features two bonus tracks as well as the original track-listing and is certainly marked by a deep feeling of sentiment and accomplishment. Today we’ll be focusing on the first of their upcoming releases which is also evidently the first plunge into oblivion the group embarked upon as a recording unit; – why yes, of course I’m talking about the EP ‘Let it Burn’ which was in its heyday originally released via Relapse Records. Continue reading →
Super Snail Fuzz is one of those bands you don’t need to know a shit ton of info about. Just popping in their cd and letting the music overwhelm you is enough. They released “Space Mountain” a year or so ago but it is still relevant. It’s very hard to describe the sound they have and I really don’t like to pigeon hole a band in a specific genre. Musically they have a 70’s, stoner retro kind of sound, but the lyrics by Nuno “Doc” Costah bring something I haven’t heard in a while to each song. He has this harsh, gravelly voice and it reminds me of some old school grunge vocals. It’s really the best of both worlds. Once I was through the first song I knew it was something special. “Surfin The City” has this amazing chorus that just makes you want to sing along and jump around. I may also add that not only are these guys great musicians but great human beings as well. After corresponding with drummer Joao Freitas he mailed me a copy of “Space Mountain”. It has bounced from cd player in my truck, to cd player in my car since arriving in my mailbox.
In June they released a new song entitled “Low Desert Highway”. The song is a 10 minute example of how desert rock supposed to sound. I think that is just a sample of what is to come with this band. The style of music they play can break barriers. With the right promotion they can easily gain fans who may not usually like stoner rock, or desert rock. Of course they are going to get the fans who do like it because they have perfected their sound and added elements that help them stand out in the crowd of new bands that are flooding the market. I am surely hoping they can make it to the U.S. on their new album tour. If not I may be buying a plane ticket to Portugal because they are that good that you will want to fly across the world just to head bang to them live.
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