The combination of guitar riffs (the fuzzier the better) with a psychedelic mindset has been the source of great music for decades now and San Diego’s Nebula Drag are carrying in that lineage and go to great lengths to demonstrate that on their new EP Always Dying.
This EP follows on from last years self title debut album and but shows that the band have expanded their sound with the three songs that make up Always Dying sounding even more expansive than their opening material and bodes well for their second full length.
Echoes of the greats such as Black Sabbath (especially within the vocals and the riffs) and Monster Magnet (with the bands twisted psychedelics) are present but the band definitely have their own vibe with crushing opening number Crosses starring off with an thunderous rhythm that gains more and more momentum as the song gains pace and the fact that the vocals of singer and guitarist Corey Quintana only kick in halfway through the song and are added when momentum has been built up, allowing the song to go up to the next level is important.
The fantastically titled Flying Fuckers is up next and adds an extra layer of psychedelic goodness over a crunching groove and the song feels looser than the opening salvo but still contains the same urgency especially towards the end of the song.
The EPs spaced out title track finishes things off well with its lurching and almost mournful groove complete with some completely out there guitar playing from Quintana with the bands rhythm section holding things together at the back. The songs conclusion sums the band up in many ways with that combination of psych and groove and when the whole affair is finished, the length of it seems deceiving and you get the feeling you have listened to a whole album and not just an EP such is the powerful hypnotic groove that Nebula Drag have and this bodes well for that all important second album.
Nebula Drag combine psychedelics and a love of fuzzy riffs on their new release.