Kyuss started in 1991 initially playing blues influenced Punk with John Garcia (vocals), Josh Homme (guitar), Scott Reeder (guitar) and Alfredo Hernandez (drums) at the helm to make a kind of Soner Metal sound. Their lackluster debut, Wrench (1991), was followed up by the much faster Blues For The Red Sun (1992). Their garage-styled stoner sound set a standard and came virtually from nowhere, and they soon found themselves playing with Danzig and the like. When their Dali-Chamelion' label went bankrupt, they were approached by Elektra' who stepped in to offer them a deal to release the follow-up Welcome To Sky Valley (1994). But being a major, Elektra' had no clue how the indies marketed their unique sound and as a result their sales were less than what was expected and after one last effort, And The Circus Leaves Town, in 1995 the act called it quits.
But the story of Kyuss didn't end that easily, for a lot of unreleased material was still available mixed with new material from Homme who had recently formed Queens Of The Stone Age with Van Conner (ex-Screaming Trees; bass), Chris Goss (ex-Masters Of Reality; vocals) and Vic The Stick (drums). Queens Of The Stone Age (their self-titled 1998 debut), released on Roadrunner', would continue on where Kyuss left off.