John Garcia, Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri had no trouble reuniting in 2010 to play the music of their former band, Kyuss. But they didn't want to call their new assemblage by that name.
So now they're Kyuss Lives!, with Bruno Fevery on guitar in place of Josh Homme -- who now leads Queens of the Stone Age -- and frontman Garcia says the group is comfortable with its new moniker.
"It's a respect thing," explains Garcia, 41, who co-founded the influential "stoner rock" group as Katzenjammer during 1988 in Palm Desert, Calif. The band released four albums before splitting up in 2005. "Obviously one quarter of this, Josh, is not hear. I never asked him, 'cause I know what his answer would be. But it never got political. It never got legal at all.
"My main purpose of naming it Kyuss Lives! vs. Kyuss is just the huge amount of respect I have for Josh. And whoever does come to see the show, we want them walking out the door going, 'Y'know what? Kyuss [i]does[/i] live.' That's what we're trying to do."
Kyuss Lives! will live in the studio as well. Garcia says the quartet has "already started passing ideas back and forth" for new songs at sound checks and via e.mail, and the group expects to be in drummer Bjork's studio during early 2012 for more writing and then recording their first new album since "...And the Circus Leaves Town" in 1995.
"As far as the material and what it's going to sound like -- I'm curious myself," Garcia says. "It's definitely going to be a rock record. We're at a time in our lives where we want to keep the standards high, but we're not going to try to go back and mirror (the older albums). We're going to write where our heads are right now and write songs that are missing in our lives.
"What that's going to sound like its a good question, though. I look forward to getting in there and sitting down and writing. This is an exciting time."
Kyuss Lives! performs Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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