Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

John Garci-S/T

John Garcia has long since proved that he is something of a genius. this man knows how to riff if nothing else. His huge body of work as proven him to be not just a competent musician but a true innovator. There is something very distinct about the John Garcia sound, and getting to hear it executed in all of its glory on his debut solo record John Garcia is simply a pleasure. This is the sort of album that peaks to the triumph of the riff, regardless f form or structure. In other words, it's the kind of thing that John Garcia has dedicated his career to.

If I had to compare this record to any other bit of Garcia's work from the past I would almost certainly have to draw a parallel with his work in Kyuss. The riffs have the same classic rock tinged magic and the vocals come out, slightly melodic and slightly twisted, sort of existing in an in between space where it's hard to say exactly what's going on all the time. The way these songs drive forward with punchy riffs and a very clearly cut sense of progression, in other words, it's the kind of music that has defined his career. The fact that this is a solo album is interesting though, because it means these kind of riffs are essentially Garcia's essence, the sort of music he wants to be remembered for creating, and I think there is a strange sort of beauty to that.

In other words, Garcia has come out and defined himself as an independent musician, and by god is it good. This is a record that, much like it's cover, operates on multiple levels, it's the kind of thing that gives us a unique perspective on life the universe and everything as we fall into a world that only the greatest can truly claim to know. A legend has come forth and showed us his soul in a very intimate and clear context. If you can't enjoy that, and can't respect the triumph of a riff like the one in Flower, I don't know what more I can say. John Garcia rocks, and that's all there is too it. 

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