Art House, Kobe, Japan - 10
"An impressive live
Effortlessly winning the coolest new band name of the last
year, Nebula Overdrive are four Japanese guys from Osaka. Tonight
though, for their first ever gig, they are taking to the live stage in
neighbouring Kobe at the intimate and well-equipped Art House live
Neblua's style is clearly influenced by the classic grunge of Nirvana
but is taken into a (for me at least) hitherto unheard of arena, as it
seems inspired as much by the heavy guitar side of industrial music.
This was in stark contrast with the four other acts on tonight's bill,
on before and after Nebula, that were competent if uninspiring
variations of teenage pop rock.
Opening their set with Black,
the thunderous title track of their
same-titled debut EP, was a confident statement of intent, as this
immediately placed very clear water between what we'd just heard and
what was about to be unveiled over the next half hour.
Overdrive appeared to perplex their audience the further they got into
their set. At one point there was a somewhat random (if staged)
interruption by two comedic characters, who did a short verbal skit
between a couple of the songs, before walking back off stage, allowing
Nebula to reconvene.
up frankly disturbing backing electronics and a bass guitar noise
that's like nothing I've ever heard before. It's touches like this
that sets them apart from anyone else who has a foot or two in the
grunge camp. But that's merely the starting point for this outfit who
choose ignore any prescribed or perceived genres and instead go their
own way, for good or ill.
This was an impressive live debut. Just a shame that the occasion was
largely lost on an audience who had paid to listen to more conventional
Setlist: Black, Yes, Drive Me,