Kyuss was an American rock band, formed in Palm Desert, California, in 1987 by Josh Homme, John Garcia, Brant Bjork and Chris Cockrell. The band frequently performed at parties in and around the isolated towns of Southern California's desert areas. These impromptu and predominantly outdoor shows, referred to locally as "generator parties", consisted of small crowds of people, beer drinking, and the use of gasoline-powered generators to provide electricity for the equipment. Homme commented that playing in the desert "was the shaping factor for the band" noting that "there's no clubs here, so you can only play for free. If people don't like you, they'll tell you. You can't suck. Genres - Stoner rock, heavy metal, desert rock. Associated acts - Vista Chino, Queens of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu, Dwarves, Mondo Generator, Eagles of Death Metal, Unida, Chris Goss, Earthlings?, Yawning Man, Hermano, Slo Burn, The Desert Sessions.