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Kyuss

Kyuss is a very influential stoner rock band, originally from Palm Desert, California. Since they achieved very littlepopularityintheir time around, theyare sometimes considered a heavy metal Velvet Underground.

The band was originally formed in 1989 under the name Sons of Kyuss until the release of their first album,whenthebandreleased the rareself-titledEPSons of Kyuss, still with Chris Cockrell on bass locally in 1990. The name SonsofKyusswastaken from the roleplaying game Dungeons andDragons, andshortened to "Kyuss" with a slightly differentlineuplater inthatyear. Kyuss' fir ...read more

Kyuss is a very influential stoner rock band, originally from Palm Desert, California. Since they achieved very littlepopularityintheir time around, theyare sometimes considered a heavy metal Velvet Underground.

The band was originally formed in 1989 under the name Sons of Kyuss until the release of their first album,whenthebandreleased the rareself-titledEPSons of Kyuss, still with Chris Cockrell on bass locally in 1990. The name SonsofKyusswastaken from the roleplaying game Dungeons andDragons, andshortened to "Kyuss" with a slightly differentlineuplater inthatyear. Kyuss' first line-up consisted of John Garcia (vocals), JoshuaHomme (guitar), NickOliveri (bass guitar)andBrantBjork(drums). This lineup released their debut album, Wretch in 1991 on Dali Records, but saleswere sluggishevenastheirliveshows gained fame. They performed all around southern California, frequently at parties in the desertwhichwerereferredtoas "generatorparties" because of the use of gasoline-powered generators to provide electricity fortheequipment. Then,JoshHommegained a reputation for playingelectric guitars through bass guitar amplifiers to create abass-heavy sound.

Chris Goss produced their next album, the landmark Blues for the Red Sun (named after episode five ofCarlSagan'sCosmos,entitled"Blues for aRedPlanet"), a critically hailed album that earned the band many accolades. Kyusswerefortunatethatfriends Nirvana andespecially fanandNirvana drummer Dave Grohl were keen to see themachievesuccess,andmanaged to get them a spot on tour with MetallicainAustralia in 1993. Oliveri left (and wasreplaced byScottReeder)just as the group signed to Elektra Records and released Welcome to SkyValley(1994), anotheracclaimedalbum.Personalproblems soon tore the group apart and Bjork left following a tour, replaced by AlfredoHernandez.In1995theyreleased...And the Circus Leaves Town. Finally, Kyuss went on indefinite hiatus in October of the sameyear.However, thegroupdidnotcompletely disband until 1997 when Homme and Hernandez joined up again to form Queensof theStoneAge (laterrecruiting Oliveri forbassduties), while Garcia has had several post-Kyuss projects, includingUnida,Hermanoand Slo Burn.Hernandez later played with Fatso JetsonandYawning Man. Cockrell later fronted Vic du Monte'sIdiotPrayer.

Kyuss's last new release was in 1997, a split EP featuring 3 Kyuss songs and 3 Queens Of The StoneAgesongs.Severalyears later, a "BestOf"recording called Muchas Gracias was also released. In late 2004, on the messageboardofQOTSA.com,a Kyuss fan asked about the possibility ofareunion. Homme replied that this was unlikely to happen inthenearfuture.However, on December 20, 2005, Garcia made a guest appearanceonstagewith Queens of theStoneAgeduring theencore of their set at the Wiltern LG in Los Angeles. They performed threeKyusssongstogether:"Thumb","Hurricane" and"Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop". « hide

Similar Bands: Queens of the Stone Age, Unida, Black Willows, Vista Chino, Black Sabbath

LPs
...And the Circus Leaves Town
1995

3.9
526 Votes
Welcome to Sky Valley
1994

4.4
1,135 Votes
Blues for the Red Sun
1992

4.3
965 Votes
Wretch
1991

3.4
308 Votes
EPs
Sons Of Kyuss
1990

3.1
42 Votes
Compilations
Muchas Gracias: The Best of Kyuss
2000

3.7
67 Votes

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