Kyuss singer solo project
Vocalist John Garcia (KYUSS, UNIDA, HERMANO) has set GARCIA VS. GARCIA as the name of his upcoming solo project. The singer is currently in the studio writing and recording material for GARCIA VS. GARCIA’s debut album, which is tentatively due on September 4, 2008.
One of the songs that are set to appear on the upcoming CD is “5000 Miles”, which was written by Canadian musician Danko Jones with Garcia in mind.
“’5000 Miles’ was inspired by something I read in an interview with John where he was talking about his reluctance to tour because he misses being with his family,” Danko recently told Toronto’s Now magazine. “I e-mailed him the lyrics along with a note that said if he hated it, no problem — I’d write 50 more until I came up with one he thought was good enough. He called me up the next day to say, ‘Stop writing, this one’s great!’”
The mutual admiration that resulted in Garcia singing on DANKO JONES’ “Sleep Is The Enemy” album track “Invisible” was supposed to be a one-off recording collaboration, but everything came together so smoothly, they decided to follow it up with a few concert dates together in Norway in November and a one-off show in Toronto in December.
“This whole thing with John Garcia happened really naturally,” Danko told Now. “When he agreed to do some shows with us in Norway, it didn’t seem right for him to be flying all that way just to sing ‘Invisible’, so we kicked around a few ideas for other songs we could perform together — something by [his groups] KYUSS, UNIDA and HERMANO along with a few other things.”
As for Garcia, he couldn’t be happier with the way his ongoing collaboration with DANKO JONES has developed.
“We connected even before we met eye to eye,” said Garcia. “My manager in Holland is a fan of DANKO JONES, and he’s the one who initially suggested that I check out the band. So I got their CDs and sat out on the deck one night and listened to their entire catalog, and I liked what I heard — I liked their sound and their attitude. Danko’s not just a good songwriter, he’s a great songwriter.”