With the release of the second KYUSS record and the first FU MANCHU something changed. Suddenly someone created the designation Stoner Rock. For me the Stoner Rock label is pretty fucked-up like maybe Grunge. Bands like SOUNDGARDEN had a heavy rock and punk background. Listen to the SOUNDGARDEN album "Ultramega OK" and you find a lot of SABBATH, Blues and other influences. Ok, but I don't want to talk about Grunge here, so let's get go back to the Stoner term. After a time some journalists thought that KYUSS or FU MANCHU had created some kind of new music. But that's not true. KYUSS are a just a nice blend of early BLUE CHEER and DANZIG. With Scott Reeders (former THE OBSESSED) on bass the band goes more in a 70's Heavyrock direction with a doomy edge. For example THE OBSESSED created an similar sound in the mid-80's and in the beginning of the 90's. Or maybe the second VITUS LP "Hallows Victim". There you'll find also groovy mid-tempo songs. Just listen to it. So groove isn't a trademark for Stoner Rock.
The new thing about FU MANCHU was their image. I call it "Hot-Rod Stoner". All this vans, cars and engines reminds to the 70's. But their sound was only on the first record very original. A mixture between Heavy Rock and 60's garage stuff. After this every record sounded like the same. Sorry guys, but that's what I think. But the KYUSS/FU MANCHU hype grows and grows. All the history seems to be forgotten and sometimes I thought that nobody knows all the forerunner bands and musicians that were before KYUSS/FU MANCHU. What's about, for example, Victor Griffin, Wino or Bobby Liebling? I think there is no justice in R'n'R!! Don't misunderstand me, I don't hate KYUSS or FU MANCHU, but HATE all this hype and all the bands that copy this music blind without any own thoughts. And I don't like this term "STONER". You can smoke your dope also to Jazz or any other music. So what about STONER - JAZZ! Some old great jazz-musicians were dopesmokers or junkies...! So, dear reader, make up your own mind and don't give a fuck about all this journalists and their musical terms. Listen to the roots and you will understand.