KyussKyuss (pronounce: KAI-us) is an influential stoner rock band, originally from Palm Desert, California. The group formed in 1989, consisting of John Garcia (vocals), Josh Homme (guitar), Nick Oliveri (bass guitar) and Brant Bjork (drums), performing all around southern California, frequently at parties in the desert. The group released their debut album, Wretch in 1991 on Dali Records, but sales were sluggish even as their live shows gained fame. Chris Goss produced their next album, the landmark Blues for the Red Sun, a critically hailed album that earned the band many accolades.
Oliveri left (and was replaced by Scott Reeder) just as the group signed to Elektra Records and released Welcome to Sky Valley (1994), another acclaimed album. Personal problems soon tore the group apart and Bjork left following a tour, replaced by Alfredo Hernandez. In 1995 they released ...And the Circus Leaves Town. Finally, Kyuss dissolved. Homme and Hernandez formed Queens Of The Stone Age, while Garcia joined Unida.