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Nebula – ‘Live in the Mojave Desert Vol.2’

Heavy Psyche Sounds Records
Fu Manchu, Brant Bjork, Monster Magnet, Hermano
Release Date
April 9, 2021
Heavy Psyche Sounds Records

I have been to California only once. Drove through the Mojave Desert in the Summer of 1995. With temperatures nearing a balmy 52C, it was probably was not the smartest decision, but amazing just the same.

Nebula’s brand of psychedelia is perfectly suited for the landscape there. With fat bass and even fatter guitar along with precision drum work, they deliver just the right mix of stone and tone. Glass’s fretboard work is tastefully laced with a myriad of effects, but not to the point of overshadowing his musicianship. Davies and Amster maintain a steadfast foundation while spreading out on their own.  

“Tomorrow Never Comes” and “Messiah” both had a bit of a menacing tone, both very evocative lyrically and musically. “Wall of Confusion,” underscored by a loping bassline, at times, almost took on a Surf Guitar feel; the L.A. coast is only five hours away so why not?  

Truthfully, all the songs are good, and each player is allowed to showcase his strengths amply. Sound quality is first-rate, straight to the board. I wish some of these songs could have been fleshed out a bit more. Pretty much all their songs lend themselves to doing this; perhaps omit a track or two. As usual, they never ask me.

All in all, this performance delivers the groove and the vibe we need. I look forward to the rest of the Mojave series and maybe attending in person…only not in the Summer.

this performance delivers the groove and the vibe we need

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