Vista Chino Peace
Studio album by Vista Chino
Released September 3 2013
Recorded 2013 at Jalamanta Studios in Joshua Tree, California
Genre Stoner Rock, Desert Rock, Heavy Metal
Length 57:22
Label Napalm Records
Producer Brant Bjork
Vista Chino chronology

Peace is the first and only album by the California desert rock band Vista Chino. Released in 2013 this album featured three former members of Kyuss in John Garcia, Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri alongside Belgian guitarist Bruno Fevery, who served as guitarist for the "Garcia Plays Kyuss" tour in 2010. The band was originally known as Kyuss Lives! before a lawsuit by former members Josh Homme and Scott Reeder forced the name change. Notable guests included Mike Dean of Corrosion of Conformity (Who was also the band's live bassist) and original Kyuss bassist Chris Cockrell.


Following touring under the Kyuss Lives! moniker and it's respective lawsuit, the quartet of Garcia, Bjork, Oliveri and Fevery opted to go by the name Vista Chino, taken from a street of the same name in the city of Palm Springs, California. Oliveri would rejoin the Kyuss Lives! moniker in November 2012 but by early 2013 Mike Dean would have taken over the bass role.[1] The band would honor Oliveri as an "honorary bassist"[2] as Oliveri performs bass on most of the album, with Mike Dean and Brant Bjork handling bass on one track each.

On 6 June 2013 Vista Chino would announce the release of their debut album, having signed to Napalm Records. The band also announced a tour of Europe that summer.[3] That same day the first song to premiere would be "Dargona Dragona", a song that Garcia sang through Jim Morrison's microphone. Music videos for "Sweet Remain" and "Barcelonian" would see release in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Peace would see release on 3 September 2013. Along with a CD version came a vinyl double LP in red, green, blue, orange, gold, bone, and black. Two bonus tracks would appear on the vinyl edition, along with a special digipak edition.

Vista Chino's first show under this moniker would take place on 9 June 2013 at the Orion Music and More Festival. The band toured Europe, performed a handful of shows in North America and closed out their run supporting the album with a January 2014 tour of Australia. Not long after the Australian Tour however Vista Chino had essentially disbanded, with Garcia beginning a solo career and Bjork resuming his. John Garcia would see release on 1 August 2014 while Black Flower Power by Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band saw release on 17 November 2014.

Peace managed to chart in several countries. In Belgium's Ultratop Wallonia it peaked at #111 and stayed on their chart for three weeks.[4] Peace fared higher in several charts such as the Dutch Album Top 100 (#67),[5] Switzerland's Schweizer Hitparade (#66), [6] Austria's Ö3 Austria Charts (#60),[7] Belgium's Ultratop Flanders (#47),[8] Germany's Offizielle Top 100 (#42)[9] and Finland's Suomen virallinen lista (#37).[10] Lastly it's highest chart would be in the United States, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Heatseekers Charts.[11]

Peace attained mostly critical praise at the time of release. The Aquarian praised the album saying, "Peace not only captures much of what was so groundbreaking in Kyuss’ approach, but expands the scope and gives a modern impression."[12] East Bay Express proclaimed "The dynamism between meandering, clean passages and desperately surging crunch is the best I've heard in a while."[13] Spin would also praise the album, stating "Garcia and Bjork still have that Kyuss character in spades on their debut, Peace, writing bulldozing stoner anthems that live up to the legend of their former band."[14] JJ Koczan of The Obelisk would also praise the album and make a profound statement closing out his review: "What I do know is that as a Kyuss fan who never saw the band during their original run, it seems to me that those who approach Vista Chino and Peace with that kind of dismissive mindset are, at the very least, cheating themselves out of some quality desert rock put forth by several who can claim partial responsibility for establishing the form as we know it today. It’s not Sky Valley 2, and thankfully, it’s not claiming to be, because for all of the extra bullshit surrounding its creation and release, Peace sounds unpretentious, natural, and even at its most frustrated moments, engaging. Its expectations for itself come across as completely different from those anyone outside might put on it. Most of all, it doesn’t want to argue anymore. Particularly after giving the album some time to grow on me and giving myself some time to approach it on its own level, I don’t want to argue anymore either. Peace, at last."[15]

Other notable review sites who observed the record would be among the likes of Metal Injection,[16] PopMatters (6/10),[17] Angry Metal Guy (3/5),[18] Smells Like Infinite Sadness (3/5),[19] Blabbermouth (8.5/10),[20] Exclaim! (8/10),[21] Heavy Planet,[22] The Sludgelord[23] and Louder Sound (3.5/5)[24] just to name a few. Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles writer Greg Prato selected "Peace" as #6 for his Top 10 of 2013 for "The Scribes Speak" poll[25] and Magnet Magazine would place the album at #1 on their best Hard Rock albums of 2013.[26]


All lyrics written by Brant Bjork and John Garcia.
All music is written by Brant Bjork, with additional help from Bruno Fevery.
Tracks 11 and 12 are bonus tracks exclusive to the digipak and vinyl editions.

  • 1. Good Morning Wasteland (0:59)
  • 2. Dargona Dragona (4:47)
  • 3. Sweet Remain (3:10)
  • 4. As You Wish (5:01)
  • 5. Planets 1 & 2 (6:32)
  • 6. Adara (4:39)
  • 7. Más Vino (1:26)
  • 8. Dark and Lovely (6:14)
  • 9. Barcelonaian (3:31)
  • 10. Acidize... The Gambling Moose (13:00)
  • 11. Carnation (4:14)
  • 12. Sunlight at Midnight (3:49)


VISTA CHINO - Sweet Remain (Official) Napalm Records

VISTA CHINO - Sweet Remain (Official) Napalm Records

VISTA CHINO - Barcelonian (Official Video) Napalm Records

VISTA CHINO - Barcelonian (Official Video) Napalm Records

  • John Garcia - Lead Vocals (2 - 4, 5b, 6, 8 - 12)
  • Nick Oliveri - Bass (1 - 3, 5b, 6 - 12)
  • Brant Bjork - Drums, Backing Vocals; Bass, Lead Vocals (5a); Producer
  • Bruno Fevery - Guitar
  • Mike Dean - Bass (4)
  • Vic du Monte - Harmonica (10)
  • Tom Brayton - Additional Percussion
  • Harper Hug - Engineer
  • Trevor Whatever - Engineer
  • Adrian Medal - Assistant Engineer
  • JJ Golden - Mastering
  • KR - Vinyl Mastering
  • The Date Farmers (Carlos Ramirez & Armando Lerma) - Artwork
  • Alex Rauch - Layout
  • Richard Sibbald - Photography

External LinksEdit


  1. Antiquiet
  2. Blabbermouth
  3. MXDWN
  4. Ultratop Wallonia
  5. Dutch Charts
  6. Swiss Charts
  7. Austrian Charts
  8. Ultratop Wallonia
  9. Official Charts
  10. IFPI
  11. Billboard
  12. The Aquarian
  13. East Bay Express
  14. Spin
  15. The Obelisk
  16. Metal Injection
  17. PopMatters
  18. Angry Metal Guy
  19. Smells Like Infinite Sadness
  20. Blabbermouth
  21. Exclaim!
  22. Heavy Planet
  23. The Sludgelord
  24. Louder Sound
  25. Bravewords
  26. Magnet Magazine
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