Vista Chino, like some of it's songs, has a long winding interesting tale. You may remember the band Kyuss, the California desert rock band which existed 1987 until 1995. All the band members went on to other projects, some with great success like Queens of the Stone Age. In 2010 lead singer John Garcia began touring under the name "Garcia Plays Kyuss", eventually including original Kyuss drummer Brant Bjork and bassist Nick Oliveri. Unable to get guitarist Josh Homme on board they recruited Bruno Fevery. They toured as "Kyuss Lives!" saying "There is never going to be a Kyuss without Josh Homme". After touring, Nick Oliveri left and the band started work on a new album. When word got back to other former members about the impending release, a lawsuit was filed claiming trademark infringement and consumer fraud. The band was forced to change their name. Which actually sits well with most fans as they see this band as another related band of Kyuss, but not Kyuss. Much like Unida, Mondo Generator, Brant Bjork and the Bros, Queens of the Stone Age to name a few.
At Underground Arts in Philadelphia on September 27 the show started with Sean 'Pellet' Pelletier DJing, who continued to spin between each band as well. Two bands supported Vista Chino, Black Pussy of Portland and Philadelphia's own Kingsnake. Black Pussy has a crazy retro 70s look that almost seems like a joke until you see them perform. Their sound is a total blast from the past. They have an incredible psychedelic meets stoner rock sound. Kingsnake is just awesome! They have heavy grooves and even heavier vocals. It's sort of a bluesy metal sound, if you like Clutch, you might like Kingsnake. They are a band definitely worth seeing again.
The show moved along quickly without a lot of setup time between bands. Before we knew it Vista Chino was up on stage doing what they do best! They played some songs from their new album "Peace" along with a lot of older Kyuss songs. The crowed thoroughly enjoyed singing along with their old favorites like "Thumb", "Green Machine" and "Freedom Run". The new songs were also very well received. This tour ended the next night in Ohio, but Philly can't wait for the next one.