At the snack bars around the Schlesische Tor in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, people sit in front of flat screens and watch football. Only at Club Bi Nuu is the world championship in Brazil a minor matter. John Garcia's band Unida has gathered there for a soundcheck. Despite the newly awakened interest of the Americans in soccer, which one hears about everywhere, the members of the US band don't feel like kicking. Before the soundcheck can start, the ex-Kyuss singer follows up interview obligations. He uses the last gig before a longer break of his Stoner troupe to talk about his solo debut.
eclipsed: You're releasing your first solo album. Surely some fans expected it earlier..
John Garcia: So I'm excited. It's something I've always wanted to do. As far as timing goes, I guess it's just me. Those who know me and my path better know that I never spend too much time on one thing, that I like to try out new things and that I am interested in working with different groups. The solo thing stood in the background for a while.
eclipsed: What can you do as a solo artist that you couldn't do with one of your other bands - Unida and Vista Chino?
Garcia: Above all, it has something liberating about it. And, of course, I'm more exposed when my name is on top of it all. That feels very good at the moment and I want to make the thing and the touring as intense as possible. Live I will play most of the solo album, mixed with songs by Kyuss and Slo Burn.
eclipsed: Your album features a very special guest: Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, who contributes the Spanish guitar to "Her Bullet's Energy".
Garcia: What could I tell you about Robby that not everyone already knows? I've never met anyone in my life who said, "I don't like the Doors." I've always liked her, and I'm glad I saw her live in her last incarnation, with Ian Astbury and of course Ray Manzarek. Working with Robby Krieger was an almost surreal experience.