Following 1991’s Wretch debut, the three Kyuss albums co-produced with Masters Of Reality stoner guru Chris Goss set the benchmark for psychedelic mastery and down-tuned heaviness. Truth be told, it’s incredibly hard to pick a favourite out of 1992 second full-length Blues For The Red Sun, its Welcome To Sky Valley follow-up two years later and final album …And The Circus Leaves Town. Each has its own individual merits.
The beginnings were humble indeed – the quartet performing at the desert parties which famously used gas generators for electricity, melting the minds of local crowds. By the end of 1993, however, they were touring with Metallica. Three years later and the band were no more. “Would we have bombed or stayed in the same place or enjoyed more success? I don’t know,” frontman John Garcia once told this writer. “It was a great ride, and a lot of good things came out of it – QOTSA, Them Crooked Vultures, The Desert Sessions, Brant Bjork, Mondo Generator, Slo Burn, Unida, Hermano. I’m just glad we’re all still friends.”