BRANT BJORK And The Low Desert Punk Band ‘Tao Of The Devil’ Album Review.

Words El Jefe.

So it’s no secret that Kyuss have had a massive influence over the heavy / stoner / desert rock (whatever you want to call it; stoner works for me) scene since their inception in the late ‘80s. Tuning down to C, (although Homme claims he wasn’t familiar with Sabbath. Yeah, I’m skeptical too), and playing laidback heavy grooves. Garcia’s vocals were a huge part of the sound and influence, but it was Brant Bjork’s influence on Garcia that led to this vocal style; during Garcia’s audition suggested he try to sing slower and sang him an example. Bjork also hand a large hand in the songwriting. The rest is (musical) history.

‘The Gree Heen’ opens the ledger on Tao Of The Devil, and kicks off with a slick melodic droney run. Some jazzy drums are a cool touch too. Continue reading

John Garcia, Waxy, Mammoth Mammoth. The Gershwin Room, Melbourne. 12-09-2014.

Words Alexandra Ferrier.

Straight off the ocean and into the Gershwin Room at The Esplanade Hotel was a sea of Kyuss and Unida shirts from tours past, donned by the young and old. This is the third time in two years John Garcia has returned to Australian shores, this time touring his self-titled solo album. Bringing with him fellow desert rockers Waxy and hooking up with local legends Mammoth Mammoth, once more, in a gesture of good faith and with an abundance of alcohol, the Melbourne crowd welcomed Garcia ‘home’. Continue reading