KYUSS (1989–95). John Garcia (vocals), Josh Homme (guitar), Chris Cockrell (guitar), Nick Oliveri (guitar, later switched to bass and later left band), Josh Cockrell (bass, replaced by Nick Oliveri, Scott Reeder), Brant Bjork (drums, replaced by Alfred Hernandez).
Kyuss were a classic stoner metal band featuring a young Josh Homme, who later went on to form the Queens of the Stone Age with early Kyuss guitarist/bassist Nick Oliveri. The band started as Katzenjammer in the late eighties and evolved into Sons of Kyuss in 1989, releasing their first album under that name. In 1991 they shortened the name to Kyuss and started a tradition of playing free parties in the desert, a practice that Homme keeps to this day. The band was much beloved by many in the metal underground who grooved to their psychedelic slow version of metal. After the demise of Kyuss, Homme and Hernandez recruited Oliveri for the Queens of the Stone Age project and Brant Bjork started a solo career and played with Fu Manchu. Although Kyuss has long denied any plans of a reunion, their influence of the stoner metal scene of today is considerable. Their desert parties are continued by Homme, who tries to keep the tradition alive with his “Desert Sessions” records, where members make up songs on various illicit substances in the desert and record them with an air of spontaneity and spliff fumes reminiscent of Kyuss.
Discography: Sons of Kyuss (Black Highway, 1990); Wretch (Dali Records, 1991); Blues for the Red Sun (Dali, 1992); Welcome to Sky Valley (Elektra, 1994); …And the Circus Leaves Town (Elektra, 1995).