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JOHN GARCIA JOHN GARCIA REVIEW 2014

 

JOHN GARCIA - JOHN GARCIA

NAPALM RECORDS

JULY 25 2014

 

 

You know when you throw on an album, stick on the headphones and just get carried away. Well this is that album for me in 2014. I could go through all the motions of telling you about Garcia’s past with Kyuss and his present with Vista Chino and his indelible contribution to the Stoner Rock scene, but let’s face it we all know that and if we don’t it’s a few clicks away.

 

Hit by the power and groove of ‘My Mind’ you’ll be plunged straight into Garcia’s sonic landscape somewhere near that giant Saguaro on a dusty desert highway. ‘Rolling Stoned’ that follows behind has a vaguely Native American feel to the riff and a mellower groove against some vaguely threatening lyrics that may you feel like a storm is coming.

 

‘Flower’ has a biting refrain built on a fairly traditional riff that is as much Classic Rock as it is Stoner Rock despite the burning vocal; it’s offset by the simple deconstructed Blues of ‘The Blvd’ which slowly burns in the desert sun without bursting into flame, just flaring here and there brilliantly.

 

Key to the record is the guitar which just sounds so damned good, so considered and yet so visceral and along with Garcia’s distinctive vocal it drives the sound on a powerful album. The Doors’ Robbie Krieger even makes a cameo appearance on ‘Her Bullets Energy’ which has a delicate air and light filled countenance as a contrast to the earlier ‘His Bullets Energy’, all threats and brooding tied together by a hypnotic riff.

 

Listen to songs like ‘My Mind’ and ‘5000 Miles’ and appreciate the power, then dive into tracks like ‘Saddleback’ and ‘Confusion’ to get a sense of a bluesier essence. Wherever you turn this album screams quality: it’s the sort of solo album you always wished your favourite artists would make but so rarely do they. John Garcia has somehow managed to capture his past and his future in these eleven songs.


  
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by Mark Diggins

 

JOHN GARCIA JOHN GARCIA REVIEW 2014