THEIR LIVE SHOW is supposed to be mind-blowing. They are said to be blessed with superhuman energy and British rock bible Kerrang! says they have 'a beat that sounds like Godzilla trampling Tokyo underfoot'. And the best bit is Electric Eel Shock are playing the Rockit Festival tomorrow - a confirmed date, as opposed to one of those spurious rock promises that have come and gone over the past few weeks. These aren't rockers who demand pool tables in their dressing room. But they do demand attention. Reference points for the rock/metallers include Nirvana, AC/DC, Napalm Death and Black Sabbath, their great love. Their crazy onstage antics include a drummer who prefers to perform with two drum sticks in each hand, dressed in no more than a sock that - you guessed it - is rarely on his foot; a singer with an Afro perm and the stage persona of former Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott; and a bassist whose energy means that when he isn't doing Pete Townsend-style windmill arcs, he is climbing (and falling off ) every piece of stage equipment he can find. Garage rock and grunge have been with us for some time, but it's all got rather staid with the likes of The Strokes and, more nattily, The Hives. Electric Eel Shock seem to be part of a wave of metallers such as spandex rockers The Darkness, who are reintroducing self-deprecating fun and spectacle into live rock music. While the clowning around of the Electric Eel Shock may sound asinine, it has to be said that this band have a devoted following because their live shows have the sort of energy and impact other bands would kill for. Aki Morimoto (guitar and vocals), Kazuto Maekawa (bass) and Tomoharu 'Gian' Ito (drums) formed the band in Tokyo six years ago. They left their native Japan for America in 1999 and have never looked back. By the end of this year, Electric Eel Shock will have clocked up 120,000km and toured America for the sixth time. They've played with Kiwi rockers The Datsuns and The D4. Following their Hong Kong gig they will embark on a 40-date European tour with Danko Jones and Brazilian rockers Sepultura. During the past couple of years they've had only a three-week holiday in Japan - they are devoted rockers. Given their stage antics and the fact that they speak broken English, you might expect whacky answers from EES. Add to that the fact that the interview was held during the all-night celebrations for their manager's birthday and the bizarre answers frontman Morimoto gave seem almost to make sense.