Vista Chino’s John Garcia and Brant Bjork recently sat down with Antiquiet and discussed, at length, the suit filed by their former bandmates Josh Homme and Scott Reeder.
The suit was filed over the usage of the Kyuss and Kyuss Lives! trademarks. Garcia and Bjork lost their case, and were forced to adopt the name Vista Chino.
Says Bjork: “The media, you know, nine out of ten times, never gets the story straight. And I think part of [Josh Homme’s] strategy from day one was to, you know, set things up so the media wouldn’t get things straight. That’s kind of been the cornerstone of Josh’s whole trip for years. And this lawsuit was just a super extreme extension of that kind of manipulation and falsity.
“It’s a real drag and it really makes it stressful and painful and frustrating, because you know, he’s got a voice and he’s got a lot of money,” he adds. “When you’re dealing with someone who is aggressive and bitter and bullying you with that kind of power, it’s a difficult thing to manage.”
Bjork claims Homme smeared the pair in the press, and “he falsely accused [us] of things that we never did. In fact, the irony is that he publicly accused us of something that, technically, he did. If anyone infringed on a trademark, it would have been him. But once again, 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 don’t stand a chance economically. John and I fought as hard as we could, and we educated ourselves, and I studied the law every day, but in the end we just couldn’t afford to move forward, there was just nothing we could do.
Garcia claims the suit was unneeded.
“The whole thing was unnecessary. We never tried to steal the name. 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. But it was, you know, I think it was a huge embarrassment, for Scott and Josh, and as well as Brant and I.
“Brant and I don’t like parking tickets, let alone federal lawsuits slapped upon our… I mean, who does?”
Vista Chino’s debut album drops September 3.
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