Is ‘living legend’ an over-used phrase? Not when you’re talking about John Garcia it isn’t. We sent Amit Sharma to interrogate stoner rock’s standard-bearer when he played at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, earlier this month.
Sometimes, even with the benefit of hindsight, it seems almost impossible to gauge the true impact of a band. Kyuss are a classic example of that. For mainstream rock audiences, the name is nothing but a footnote in the pre-Queens of the Stone Age career of one Josh Homme. For fans of music just a little heavier, Kyuss was the keystone of an early 90s renaissance in stoner riff-worship. It’s the strength of that legacy that has seen John Garcia, former frontman of the band, touring Europe this summer playing nothing but Kyuss songs.