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California's [a]Nebula[/a], along with [a]Unida[/a], [a]Goatsnake[/a] and [B]Queens Of The Stone Age[/B], are reawakening a spooky, psychedelic side to rock...

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For stoners, it's a dream ticket. The return of ex-Kyuss frontman John Garcia with his new band Unida has been eagerly awaited. He is underground rock's classiest performer, after all.

First, though, it's the incendiary garage of southern California's Nebula who, with Unida, Goatsnake and Queens Of The Stone Age, are reawakening a spooky, psychedelic side to rock. Their wall of sound is driven by singer Eddie Glass' supersonic fretwanking but there are songs buried in the middle of their stomach-churning wigouts. Titles like 'Devil's Liquid' and 'Let It Burn' give you an idea of the lyrical content - and if it's highbrow you're after, you've come to the wrong place. Nebula want to give you high times.

Come Unida's drunken fist fight of a show, bodies fly through the air, noses are bloodied and hair is torn out as Garcia, a man with more rock panache in his little finger than a million Marilyn Mansons, claims the venue for his own. He croons and howls all over Unida's straight-up, heavy, bluesy rock, injecting it with pathos, danger and, dare we say it, soul.

But while Kyuss framed Garcia's voice in swirls of cosmic majesty, Unida's tunes are more formulaic. There's a star onstage. Now all they need are the songs to match.

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