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02. Dezember 2010
Masters of Reality unleash their plans for total destruction
Chris Goss formed the rock band Masters of Reality in 1981 and has had a somewhat off-and-on, revolving line up of musicians that have made up the group. The band fuses together classic and hard rock styles with a quasi-stoner rock vibe. With Goss being an established producer, this later led him to work with Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age, further stirring up the “desert rock” scene. Goss has also worked with such artists as Soulmax and Melissa Auf der Maur. Masters of Reality have released six studio albums, including 2009’s Pine/Cross Dover.
CULTURE recently spoke with Goss about his band’s West Coast tour, government-funded art and why he hates the term “stoner rock.”
Tell readers about the recent string of West Coast tour dates and how these live shows went
The string of West Coast shows were beyond my expectations. I am very excited because what’s coming is bound to be a complete surprise to everyone, including me. I have finally had the opportunity to choose my wish list of musicians who will not only tour the world with me, but also be playing on the next album. I’m a fan of Masters of Reality too, and can’t wait to hear their next album.
Tell us more about a new Masters of Reality album.
There is always a new album brewing in the back of my mind, and with the addition of [bassist] Abby Travis, [keyboardist] Mathias Schneeberger and [guitarist] Dave [Catching], it is going to be different. Exactly how, I’m not sure. But I guarantee one thing: we are going to destroy everything in our path.
You’ve done a lot of work in the music industry as a producer.
Tell us about the connections/relationships you have with Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. How and when did you become involved in that whole scene?
This story has been told many times, but in short, I saw a bunch of teens from the desert that played some of the best heavy rock ever, and I started producing a series of three of their albums in 1990. That relationship transformed into Queens of the Stone Age when Josh left Kyuss. The rest is well documented and the success of all of it has been mind-boggling ever since.
What does the term “stoner rock” mean to you?
That term means nothing to me. It’s probably as annoying as the
Do you use cannabis? If so, what are your thoughts on legalization and the failed Proposition 19?
Yes, and only for the sacrament of playing and listening to great music.