Vista Chino


Vista Chino (2010-2014): a Stoner Rock band from Los Angeles, California, USA.


merican rock band Vista Chino was formed in 2010 by John Garcia (vocals), Brant Bjork (drums) and Nick Oliveri (bass), all previously members of Kyuss, along with guitarist Bruno Fevery.

The band originally formed under the name Kyuss Lives! after the split of Kyuss as a short-lived venture touring the music of the original Kyuss, with a lineup excluding Josh Homme. In 2012, the band announced plans to continue touring indefinitely and begin work on a studio album using the Kyuss Lives! moniker. However, in March 2012, it was revealed that Josh Homme and bassist Scott Reeder had filed a federal lawsuit against John Garcia and Brant Bjork alleging "trademark infringement and consumer fraud" over the use of the Kyuss name. Nick Oliveri left later that month, stating managerial issues and was replaced by Billy Cordell.

In August 2012, Judge S. James Otero of the United States District Court Central District of California ruled partly in Homme's favor, declaring that Garcia and Bjork could not release audio recordings under the Kyuss Lives! moniker and encouraging them re-brand under a new name. However, the band scored a partial victory as the court ruling permitted the band to use the Kyuss Lives! name and logo for performances and promotional materials, provided the words "Kyuss" and "Lives" were printed in "equally-prominent lettering." The band renamed themselves in response.

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The name they settled on, Vista Chino, referred to a street of the same name in the city of Palm Springs, California. The name of the street (Spanish for 'Chino view') in turn refers to the Chino Canyon, which is part of the San Jacinto Mountains southwest of Palm Springs, and which lies directly in line of this street. The San Jacinto mountains are a prominent mountain range forming the southwest border of the Coachella Valley, the desert valley part of the Sonoran Desert, where Palm Springs and Palm Desert (of the famous Palm Desert Scene) are located.

In November 2012, Nick Oliveri announced that he would be rejoining but after a tour and one album, Peace (2013), Vista Chino broke up in 2014 when Garcia and Bjork decided to continue with solo releases. Rumors and social media teases of a reformation has surfaced ever since.

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Nation USA
Location Los Angeles, California
Genre Stoner Rock
Other Genres Heavy Metal
Formations 1
Active Years 2010-2014
Last Modified 2023-08-21
Diskery ID 2753

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