I was pretty excited to see that Bad Bonn had John Garcia on a special night with two support bands: Komatsu (NL) and Steak (GB).
To be honnest I didn’t know a lot about John Garcia’s solo project, but when one of the founding member of Kyuss plays 20 minutes away, you just go.
Sadly, I was quite disappointed with his show.
First of all, you don’t need to go on stage with a roaring Harley Davidson and fireworks to show the crowd you are about to rock, but first impressions are very important. John Garcia arrived on stage with an impeccable quiff, a black shirt (no tie, thank god), « in ears » (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In-ear_monitor) and fruit juice. I mean, seriously? The guy from Kyuss?? Imagine if Josh Homme hitting the stage with a quilted jacket and a piano ( 🙂 ).
Anyway, the band had already started and it was good, the drumming was simple and heavy, and the guitar and the bass were rolling.
The problem is, after a few songs, you realise they are all doing their stuff again and again, and nothing happens. Yes John Garcia is the voice of desert rock, but he is also a bit older now and it looks like his voice got lost somewhere in the past. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t what you can expect from a guy like this.
Maybe was I even more disappointed because one of the support bands really killed it just 20 minutes earlier.
I didn’t know anything about Steak before that night. They come from London, are a 4 piece (Kippa – Vocals, Cam – Bass, Reece – Guitar, Large – Drums) and they are loud, sexy, and a heavy stoner band.
Back to first impressions: the guitarist is a tattooed / viking version of Taylor Hawkins. It took him 2 seconds to take his shirt off, and then he spent the rest of the show on his knees because of a broken strap, and he was still rocking like hell, giving the audience some nice and loud riffs.The bass guitar was missing a string (guess which one) and when they started to play, I saw straight away that the drummer was one of these machines with an open mouth, covered in sweat on the stage that will make you turn to your friend, nodding your head in acknowledgement: thank god we came.
« Define stoner rock » is the answer to Steak in a Jeopardy game.
Here is a song from their new album « Disastronaut », you can download it on bandcamp. Actually YOU SHOULD.
After their show, we met and took a selfie (sadly, wihout the half naked guitarist), and these guys are cool. I had a quick chat with Kip, the singer and asked him if I can contact him during the week for my blog.
Even though they were on tour, he took the time to answer me and asked for… A STEAK!
(I have to say I would have been disappointed had he asked for something else)
SO! Here is my recipe for STEAK’s amazing Steak, with their portobello mushrooms, grilled beef tomato and chips. (yes, chips again, and it won’t be the last time)
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