24 Feb 2011

Kyuss Lives! - John Garcia

Stoner-rock band Kyuss formed in 1988, and built a following by playing at small outdoor, generator-powered gigs in isolated towns surrounding the Southern Californian desert. Their 1993 album 'Blues For The Red Sun' captured the live sound they were known for the swirling clouds of down-tuned guitars, solid rhythms - and slightly inane lyrics. They reached only a cult level of success in their 8 years together, but are considered influential. When the band split in 1995, guitarist Josh Homme, drummer Alfredeo Hernandez, and later bassist Nick Olivieri went on to form Queens Of The Stone Age, while Brant Bjork joined Fu Manchu as the drummer. Singer John Garcia was in a number of short-lived bands, until Hermano, which released three albums. He's been working on his solo project lately - Garcia Vs Garcia - and using Kyuss Lives! - three original Kyuss members minus Josh Homme - to kick-start publicity for that. Kirsten Johnstone spoke to John Garcia.