John Garcia - The Coyote Who Spoke In Tongues album review

Desert rock pioneer seeks all ages of enlightenment


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In Native American mythology, the totemic coyote plays a multifaceted role: beneficent, deceitful and provocative, with a mischievous compulsion to push men beyond known boundaries. No wonder Kyuss co-founder John Garcia has named his new solo effort after this legendary character, given his own shapeshifting body of work that adheres to a familiar sound while still suggesting something brash and revelatory.

…Tongues delivers a smouldering acoustic collection of originals and Kyuss classics. The punchy chord progressions of Argleben II and the brooding intensity of instrumental closer Court Order dovetail smoothly into haunting versions of Kyuss standards like Green Machine and Space Cadet. With four out of the nine tracks representing covers, however, the strength of the original tracks like The Hollingsworth Session only underscores their scarcity. Nonetheless, the album roars with coarse, primal emotion and by the bluesy coda of Gardenia, you half expect to look up and see the orange and magenta hues of the painted desert sky unfurling above you.

Joe Daly

Hailing from San Diego, California, Joe Daly is an award-winning music journalist with over thirty years experience. Since 2010, Joe has been a regular contributor for Metal Hammer, penning cover features, news stories, album reviews and other content. Joe also writes for Classic Rock, Bass Player, Men’s Health and Outburn magazines. He has served as Music Editor for several online outlets and he has been a contributor for SPIN, the BBC and a frequent guest on several podcasts. When he’s not serenading his neighbours with black metal, Joe enjoys playing hockey, beating on his bass and fawning over his dogs.