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Palm Desert CA, United States (1989 – 1997)

For 2011 touring line-up, see Kyuss Lives!.

Kyuss (pronounced /ˈkaɪ.əs/ KYE-əs) is the corner stone of what is known as or . Although deriving influence from 60s-70s , Kyuss churned out a unique sound. This was primarily because guitarist Josh Homme often tuned to a low C, a major third below standard pitch, but also singer John Garcia’s paint stripping vocals.

The band was originally formed in 1989 in Palm Desert, California under the name “Sons of Kyuss”. They took the name from a monster in Dungeons and Dragons. Shortly after the release of their self-titled EP, the name was shortened to just Kyuss.

The quartet gained popularity around the desert due to their famous generator parties. These were parties fueled by gas generators in the canyons and isolated desert surrounding the small valley towns.

The group disbanded in 1997. They felt that they were in a decline and felt it best to call it quits before it escalated into something that could not be fixed. The line up had shifted dramatically between 1989 and 1997. Josh Homme, John Garcia, Brant Bjork, and Chris Cockrell were the original members. Chris was replaced by Nick Oliveri during high school. That line up recorded Wretch (released in 1991) and Blues for the Red Sun (released in 1992), after which Nick soon left. The eighteen year older, but very able Scott Reeder from The Obsessed was brought in. This line up recorded the famous self-titled album Kyuss (released in 1994; due to the album front cover often referred to as “Welcome to Sky Valley”, a small town outside of Palm Desert — wrongly labelled by many). Brank Bjork left after this due to personal reasons.

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  • Cabrasevera

    vv , What they are saying is that Kyuss should be more popular in the mainstream music audience.

    28 May 10:46pm Reply
  • Hatekicks

    in my opinion in whole metal community stoner are underrated

    27 May 2:55pm Reply
  • RomanyDagger

    Underrated this, underrated that. I don't think you guys know what underrated is. Kyuss is worshipped by the stoner rock community. There's no what they're being underrated.

    22 May 3:21pm Reply
  • ProgClow

    big fat joints and kyuss. that's my jam.

    19 May 4:18am Reply
  • ReachDown

    @andressolf : The thing is that Kyuss hasn't any albums. It's a illusion. They actually made one big 3-hour song created to be listened in a row.

    17 May 2:29pm Reply
  • andressolf

    ...And the Circus Leaves Town is easily their best album. So many good tracks on their it could be their Best Of CD. The rest of their albums I have listened to are insignificant in my opinion- with only one great track a piece. For Welcome it's track 4: 100 degrees, for Blues it's track 10: Write and track 3 "Molten" is good too.

    11 May 11:29am Reply
  • Infernatic

    Underrated? C'mon guys, if you're into stoner or desert rock, you know who Kyuss is.

    4 May 11:54am Reply
  • LeaveYouBehind

    fuckin beautiful

    28 Apr 9:47pm Reply
  • Miltoasts

    If Kyuss aren't one of your favourite bands, you're doing it wrong. [19]

    22 Apr 7:55pm Reply
  • the-wild-healer

    One of the greatest bands ever. Amazing how they're still somewhat underrated.

    16 Apr 9:42pm Reply
  • tobilalas

    If Kyuss aren't one of your favourite bands, you're doing it wrong. [18]

    10 Apr 2:12pm Reply
  • ReachDown

    v fucking true. Funny how they still remain the best Stoner band out there for me

    26 Mar 10:20pm Reply
  • RationalGazerr

    If Kyuss aren't one of your favourite bands, you're doing it wrong. [17]

    25 Mar 11:47am Reply
  • wreath5

    If you like Kyuss, you might enjoy [wreath] and their latest EP 'Embers'!

    23 Mar 7:28am Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    If Kyuss aren't one of your favourite bands, you're doing it wrong. [16]

    21 Mar 12:15am Reply
  • Lhomme21

    an instrumental stoner punk blues rock duo from brazil https://soundcloud.com/sulf-rica-billi/dem-nio-do-cabelo-curto-sulf

    14 Mar 12:32pm Reply
  • stain1

    If Kyuss aren't one of your favourite bands, you're doing it wrong. [15]

    10 Feb 8:14pm Reply
  • gigispeed1333

    If Kyuss aren't one of your favourite bands, you're doing it wrong. [14]

    10 Feb 8:58am Reply
  • GrubenHocker

    could someone recommend me a band that sounds like kyuss just heavier and with screamed vocals? :)

    6 Feb 5:04pm Reply
  • realcyndre

    If Kyuss aren't one of your favourite bands, you're doing it wrong. [13]

    31 Jan 3:40am Reply
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