What is left to say about California’s heavy psych, fuzz and stoner stalwarts Nebula? Not an awful lot really as if you’ve yet to hear their trippy sonics, all can I ask is, where have you been since their formation back in 1997?
The last year or so has been quite a rollercoaster of highs and lows for Nebula, mainly surrounding the tragic news of their fallen brother, and long-standing bassist, Tom Davies after his courageous battle with leukaemia, an event Shaman scribe, and long-time follower of the band, Martin Williams wrote a heartfelt eulogy about.
But as a working and touring band, and with Davies’ blessing, the show must go on which saw the founding member and guitar riff wizard Eddie Glass, backed by the workhorse drummer Mike Amster, welcome bassist Ranch Sironi into the fold. And their latest release, Livewired In Europe that hits the streets tomorrow, 27th November, through Heavy Psych Sounds, is the result of two live recordings from Sweden and The Netherlands earlier this year.
And about the album, Martin in his review says, ‘Livewired In Europe is a glorious, fuzzy, heavy, sometimes quasi-sloppy, testament to Nebula’s skill, power, tenacity, and consistency’ and that the ‘setlist is career-spanning enough with older tracks sounding right at home next to their newer material with the end result being a killer, cohesive listen’.
Now click play below and be swept away to Nebula’s fuzzy and trippy cosmos…
More On Nebula & ‘Livewired In Europe’
Californian heavy psych rock legends Nebula are set to release their new live album Livewired in Europe, a collection of nine tracks (plus three CD bonus tracks) recorded in Sweden and The Netherlands in the spring of 2023. The trio founded by legendary guitarist Eddie Glass and rounded out by the powerhouse rhythm section of Mike Amsteron on drums and new member Ranch Sironi on bass, deliver their desert-baked jams with fire and flair for an exhilarating trip, just as though you were there.
Guitarist Eddie Glass and drummer Ruben Romano formed Nebula in 1997 after breaking away from desert rock pioneers Fu Manchu, eventually recruiting bassist Mark Abshire. The power trio specializes in feedback-drenched heavy rock, incorporating liberal doses of Black Sabbath riffery, psychedelia, and space rock.
The band released a number of EPs before moving onto full-length albums like 1999’s To The Center and 2001’s Charged. Nebula creates pure guitar-driven, conscious expanding rock for the 21st century. They are a culmination of their rock forbearers such as Jimi Hendrix, MC5, The Stooges and Mudhoney turned up a notch, taken to the next level and blasting through space. They spread their gospel through their music and what they are preaching will leave the congregation on the floor.
In 2017 the band decided to reissue three of their crucial early works via Heavy Psych Sounds Records: 1998’s Let it Burn, 1999’s To The Center and 2002’s Dos EPs (which includes the material originally released on 1999’s Sun Creature and the Nebula/Lowrider split). In the summer of 2020, after thirteen years, Nebula returned with not only a new lineup but also their long-awaited new full-length Holy Shit, which was acclaimed as a ‘massive return to form’ by Metal Hammer.
The mighty trio released their latest album Transmission From Mothership Earth in the summer of 2022 through their home stable Heavy Psych Sounds Records that features eight summer feel-good hits that Martin Williams said in his review on this very site that its ‘Dripping in fuzzed-out, trippy, psychedelic, spacey, fucked-up effects, huge riffs, squalling leads, massive low end, and out-there drugged-up lyrics’.
Livewired In Europe Tracklist:
01. Man’s Best Friend
02. Down The (Mother Fuckin) Highway
03. Out Of Your Head
06. Full Throttle
09. Let It Burn
10. Transmission From Mothership Earth*
11. Let’s Get Lost*
12. Warzone Speedwulf*
*CD bonus track
Eddie Glass – Guitar, Vocals
Ranch Sironi – Bass
Mike Amster – Drums
Livewired In Europe, the electrifying live recording from the psych, fuzz and stoner legends Nebula releases tomorrow, 27th November, through Heavy Psych Sounds.