Ok, so they have a new name, but deep down we all know Kyuss Lives! It’s just in another form called Vista Chino and the new album is called Peace. Where that band name came from I have no clue and trying to translate it doesn’t really make sense. One thing is for sure, you are unlikely going to forget it. The legal battle over Kyuss Lives! is over and the result was the guys had to change their name. This is their first output under the new moniker, but if you are including time served as the one and only Kyuss, it’s been a wicked long time…about 18 years since we’ve heard new material. Current full-time membership in Vista Chino is John Garcia on vocals, Bruno Fevery on guitar who also played live shows with Kyuss Lives! Lastly, Brant Bjork is on drums. Mike Dean plays bass while touring and is not listed as a permanent member. Fomer Kyuss members were in and out during the recording process for Peace, but the final version, so far, is what you see above.
Rolling Stone (Yech!) is offering a free download of the kick ass Royal Thunder track “Parsonz Curse” in acoustic form. It’s really well done and I suggest you download it. It looks like Royal Thunder went into the studio and recorded an acoustic version of their debut record C.V.I. but only 3 songs have been released and the rest have no plans for a commercial release 😦 Anywho, you can download the acoustic version of “Parsonz Curse” from Rolling Stone HERE and “Black Water Music” via Pitchfork HERE. You can also grab “Whispering World” if you have the flexi-disc from July’s issue of Decibel (looks like I’ll be needing to take a visit to some remote newstand in the middle of nowhere that happens to carry the kick ass Decibel, or maybe just subscribe).