Kyuss (pronounced "KYE-uss") is the corner stone of the genre known to many as stoner rock or desert rock. Although derivative of 70s hard rock, Kyuss also managed to sound unique. This was primarily because guitarist Josh Homme often tuned to a low C, a major third below standard pitch, but also due to singer John Garcia's paint stripping vocals. The band was originally formed in 1989 in Palm Desert, California under the name "Sons of Kyuss". They took the name from a monster in Dungeons and Dragons. Shortly after the release of their self-titled EP, the name was shortened to just Kyuss.