John Garcia
John Garcia and the Band of Gold


3.5
great

Review

by Dewinged USER (47 Reviews)
January 8th, 2019 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bold as the desert, hot as the sun

The busiest man in desert rock has seen his legacy grow and crumble more times that he probably wanted. Not satisfied with being responsible for fathering a whole genre with the legendary Kyuss, John Garcia stepped into the new century with a plethora of exciting bands and projects: Slo Burn, Unida, Hermano and Vista Chino (formerly a Kyuss' greatest hits carnival infamously titled Kyuss Lives!) were some of the adventures that kept Garcia's engine burning fuel for the first years of the 2000s. These were also years generously spend collaborating with an ever-growing list of artists, from Orange Goblin to Danko Jones or Mondo Generator, the latter featuring original Kyuss members.

Since that time, and after a first modest solo album under his own name in 2014, Garcia had turned off the switch for a while, sprouting an acoustic album titled The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues that included some interesting interpretations of Kyuss classics as well as his own songs. Tracing back to his roots, he tried to build a studio of his own from the get go. It was an idea that it seems brought him more grief than joy, and the prospect of a brand new "electric" release slowly vanished in a sand storm of studio politics. In short, it didn't work out. After the wreckage, as Garcia has declared himself, he wisely contacted old friend Chris Goss, former Kyuss producer as well as the mastermind behind many landmarks albums of stoner rock and guitarist of rock godfathers Masters of Reality. Goss was brought into the mix to infuse new blood and eventually, together with Garcia, they managed to reanimate the once forsaken project.

The result speaks for itself: John Garcia sounds great here, like fresh off the Kyuss age. The unique tone of his voice has suffered considerably less than it should after almost 30 years of rough, smoking hot singing. In addition, his songwriting skills leave nothing to be desired when listening to the eleven tracks that conform John Garcia and the Band of Gold. The material is on par with his best work with former bands Slo Burn or Unida but, realistically, without reaching the extraordinary heights of Kyuss.

"Space Vato" shows promise right off the bat, introducing the album with a short but intense burst of stoner rock, although it quickly slows things down when first single "Jim's Whiskers" knocks on the door. Garcia plays with this dynamic throughout the whole album, pulling the reins when it's clear that the Band of Gold wants to run free and just get wild. This cautious control over the band's game tames what could have been a wilder whirl, but it somehow adheres to the "simpler is better" motto that Garcia wanted for this album. On the other hand, his latest release sounds as heavy and brash as it should, and songs like "My Everything", "Don't Even Think About It" or "Popcorn (Hit Me When You Can)" will surely put a smile in your face if you have ever trembled with the impossibly charming sound of Kyuss.

John Garcia and the Band of Gold slide down the sands of nostalgia hoarding everything that made the iconic frontman one of the most recognizable voices in rock history, backed by a solid band that know their role, and that is more than capable of delivering a fairly decent blend of stoner and classic rock'n'roll without any superfluous embellishment. It’s this time of the year and the snows of winter are already melting. John Garcia has spoken.



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Dewinged
January 8th 2019


14482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First review of the '19 so I hope it's not a disaster. The man is in good shape, and this is as solid as it gets.



Three tracks available here: https://johngarcia.bandcamp.com/album/john-garcia-and-the-band-of-gold



And you can watch the video for "Jim's Whiskers" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO8f0_Svvx0 ("Holy shit! Kyuss!" moment at 2:55)

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2019


8195 Comments


Great review, pos.

Kyuss ecosystem rages on

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Hawks
January 8th 2019


67796 Comments


John Garcia and the Men of Gold

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Dewinged
January 8th 2019


14482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Voivod, it seems Garcia won't let the Kyuss spirits lay to rest, which is always good news for me.



Hawks, you scoundrel.

Hawks
January 8th 2019


67796 Comments


Hahahahahaha

Dewinged
January 8th 2019


14482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My review thread has been men'ized, oh dear.

Hawks
January 8th 2019


67796 Comments


Ily Dewi.

Dewinged
January 8th 2019


14482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Feeling is mutual brah, where is my Quercus review?

Hawks
January 8th 2019


67796 Comments


You’ll have it soon enough lol.

Dewinged
January 8th 2019


14482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The world awaits such a life changing write-up.

Hawks
January 8th 2019


67796 Comments


I gotta jam it some more first.

Dewinged
January 8th 2019


14482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually, me 2.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2019


4730 Comments


I am happy even he is tired with all the desert, stoner thing lol. I have yet to check this out, somehow I don't have high expectations. Great review though!

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Dewinged
January 8th 2019


14482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah he kinda mentioned that with this one he was done for good. Hope you like it insomniac, honestly my expectations were low but it surprised me, specially his singing.

Papa Universe
January 8th 2019


19684 Comments


john garcia and the POS of gold

tyman128
January 8th 2019


1225 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review Dew! jammed this a few times and liked it quite a bit. Need to check out some of his other stuff

Dewinged
January 8th 2019


14482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well you better start with Kyuss my man.



Edit: and tx for the pos(s) good people.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2019


11455 Comments


Wasn't in the mood to jam this one, given it's winter, but gave it a shot and enjoyed it. Not sure about its replay value though.

Very enjoyable review as always, Dewi.

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2019


24240 Comments


nice review. I have not heard Kyuss

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ChaoticVortex
January 8th 2019


738 Comments


John Garcia can do no wrong IMO. Good review.



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