Kyuss men couldn’t afford to fight Homme over name
Former Kyuss men Brant Bjork and John Garcia changed their band name to Vista Chino after concluding they couldn’t afford to fight former member Josh Homme in court.
The Queens Of The Stone Age mainman had previously offered no objection to the title Kyuss Lives when the pair reunited in 2010, but became unhappy when plans to record new music moved forward.
The result is that new album Peace has been released under the Vista Chino’s title – but Garcia says the entire process was “unnecessary.”
He tells Antiquiet: “Brant and I put up a pretty good fight. But in the United States, sometimes those with the most money win. We decided it was worth the initial fight; but it got to the point where we thought it would be much better to stop.
“The lawyers, the bills, took a little bit too much of a toll on us, and we said, ‘Look, we’re going to change our name.’”
Bjork adds: “When you get pulled into a lawsuit it’s not usually based on law or principle – it’s usually based on economics. He knew from day one that we didn’t stand a chance economically.
“John and I educated ourselves; I studied the law every day. But in the end we just couldn’t afford to move forward.”
Garcia insists: “We never tried to steal the name. all of a sudden, he thought that we were trying to steal the name, to trademark the name. And that was not true. We were never going to be called Kyuss. It was always Kyuss Lives.
“I think it could have been settled with one phone call, by Josh calling me and going, ‘Hey dude, change the name or I’m going to sue you.’ As simple as that. Brant and I don’t like parking tickets, let alone federal lawsuits. Who does?”
Bjork remains shocked that Homme and fellow ex-member Scott Reeder – who was briefly part of Kyuss Lives – chose the path they did.
“There was some manipulative technical moves that were made at certain times that just ensured that Josh owns it on paper,” he says. “John and I could technically beat him in court. We just don’t have the money.
“There was a time I respected them as musicians. But after something like this, I don’t have any respect for them. I think they’re shallow people. I think they’ve got serious ego problems, and they’re just all-around negative.”
“This lawsuit affected me and my family. I can’t tolerate that one any level. Scott Reeder and Josh Homme are two people that I just don’t recognise. I don’t believe in them at all.”