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Download Festival 2012: Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

June 28th, 2012

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It’s that time of year again – it’s the return of the Thrash Hits Download Festival splash page for 2012! All of our Download coverage from across the entire weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need. That means individual band coverage in the form of photos and setlists, as well as reviews of each day’s highlights, every scandalous rumour and dirty bit of gossip that we overhear, and every outrageous photo of muddy debauchery that our photographers can get their lenses on.

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Interview: Brant Bjork of Kyuss Lives! – “The last time I spoke to Josh Homme was six years ago, and he told me never to talk to him again”

June 7th, 2012

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Kyuss Lives! is one of those projects that has been divisive right from the off – something we’ve made no bones about here at Thrash Hits. Despite inital reports that he was okay with the project, things got even more controversial back in March, when Josh Homme, former guitarist with Kyuss, filed a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement, misrepresentation, and a whole heap else besides. We caught up with Brant Bjork (that’s him in the hat up above), the band’s drummer and principle Kyuss songwriter after Homme, to talk about what’s really going on both in – and out – of the courtroom when it comes to all things Kyuss.

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Kyuss Lives!…but for how much longer? Josh Homme files lawsuit against former bandmates

March 10th, 2012

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Uh-oh. Remember when John Garcia and Brant Bjork announced their plans to tour the world under the Kyuss Lives! moniker, playing songs written when they were both members of Kyuss? They even recruited Nick Oliveri on bass (until he, err, decided to take on an LA SWAT team in that is) on bass to make it seem even more legit.

Well, news has arisen today that Josh Homme, the only absentee member of the classic Kyuss line-up not included in Kyuss Lives!, and Scott Reeder, the Kyuss bassst who KL! recruited after Nick Oliveri…err…decided to pick a fight with an entire LA SWAT team, have filed a lawsuit against their former Kyuss bandmates alleging trademark infringement, misrepresentation, and a whole heap else besides. Oo-er!

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Future Hits 105: Sedulus

November 24th, 2011

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Sedulus
From: London
Lazy equation: (Kyuss + Helmet) X Isis
URL: Facebook // Website

Thrash Hits Verdict:
Let’s face it – most stoner rockers are just way too stoned to come out with something original. It’s much easier to rehash a few Kyuss and Down riffs than to sit down and write something truly groundbreaking. Plus it leaves time for a few more hits from the bong whilst unlocking the secret missions on whatever version of Grand Theft Auto you haven’t completed. Sedulus are not one of these bands, which is why we like them. We chatted to guitarist Rich Williams to get some actual content for you to read right here. AREN’T WE NICE!

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Kyuss are back (but without Josh Homme): The Argument AGAINST

November 3rd, 2010

Our ih-house surly bastard, Hugh Platt, greeted the news that “Kyuss” were reforming by sighing too much, and pulling a face that makes Droopy look happy. What exactly is his problem with ‘Kyuss Lives!’…?

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Sorry, but this ain’t Kyuss. Not even close.

Sure, click over to the band’s Wikipedia page, scrool down and Lo! John Garcia, Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri are among the list of former members of Kyuss. And that’s three out of four roles filled, right? By anyone’s estimation, 75% of a band’s line-up can be counted as legit, right? Right?!??

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Kyuss are back (but without Josh Homme): The Argument FOR

November 3rd, 2010

Back in July, Amit Sharma returned to us like a stoner with ten coffees in him. The reason? He’d just hung out with his hero, John Garcia at his London show. Kyuss reformed this week, minus Josh Homme. Words ensued…

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You may have heard that “Kyuss” are reforming for some European dates in Spring next year. After witnessing the immensity of the Garcia Plays Kyuss tour back in July, I think these reunion shows have the potential to be life changing, particularly for anyone that wasn’t lucky (or old) enough to catch them back in the day.

Except… hang on a minute! The artist performing isn’t being billed as Kyuss but actually under the moniker of ‘Kyuss Lives. What does that mean? Do we get to see the band or not?

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Interview: John Garcia – “Hopefully one day we might do another Kyuss record”

July 20th, 2010

Is ‘living legend’ an over-used phrase? Not when you’re talking about John Garcia it isn’t. We sent Amit Sharma to interrogate stoner rock’s standard-bearer when he played at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, earlier this month.

Sometimes, even with the benefit of hindsight, it seems almost impossible to gauge the true impact of a band. Kyuss are a classic example of that. For mainstream rock audiences, the name is nothing but a footnote in the pre-Queens of the Stone Age career of one Josh Homme. For fans of music just a little heavier, Kyuss was the keystone of an early 90s renaissance in stoner riff-worship. It’s the strength of that legacy that has seen John Garcia, former frontman of the band, touring Europe this summer playing nothing but Kyuss songs.

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Album: The Bronx – The Bronx (III)

November 4th, 2008

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The Bronx
The Bronx (III)
10 November 2008
Wichita Recordings

by Danny Montana

The Bronx stick an extra couple of Xs on the end of their name most times. I reckon they’re kisses because you just can’t help loving this band.

This is the third self-titled album and it explodes with riff-rolling lead single, ‘Knifeman’. It seems like Matt Caughthran still has the angry bug, reeling off diatribes about the apathetic lives that litter our youth. It’s fair.

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