Desert-based rock collective BIG SCENIC NOWHERE premiere debut LP ‘Vision Beyond Horizon’ in full via The Obelisk, out 31.01 on Heavy Psych Sounds.
California-based heavy rock collective founded by Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) and Gary Arce (Yawning Man), BIG SCENIC NOWHERE, unveil their compelling and multi-faceted debut album ‘Vision Beyond Horizon’ in its entirety, before its release January 31 on Heavy Psych Sounds.
“Big Scenic Nowhere are putting themselves in the position of being a rare band, and the varied persona they present on this encouraging debut is a big part of why. (…) They’re able to capture a multifaceted complexity of songwriting that highlights individual players while still serving a broader aesthetic purpose, and that basically, they can do whatever the hell they want with their sound. » adds The Obelisk about this debut album.
BIG SCENIC NOWHERE is the ambitious new project merging the massive riffing of Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) with the atmospheric guitars of Gary Arce (Yawning Man), also featuring high class appearance from Tony Reed (Mos Generator), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson), Per Wiberg (ex-Opeth), Alain Johannes, Bill Stinson (Yawning Man), Nick Oliveri, Lisa Alley and Ian Graham (The Well).
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“An instantly satisfying dose of riffy desert rock that fans of any of the members’ more famous bands should have no trouble getting into.” Brooklyn Vegan
“Ballads, Hardcore Punk, Metal, Psych and Desert Rock are put together in a stew producing an ultimately tasty result.” The Sleeping Shaman
“Big Scenic Nowhere is a true creative force of nature (…) Visions Beyond Horizon is an unforgettable album and is a future classic in the making.” Outlaws Of The Sun
‘Vision Beyond Horizon’
Out January 31st on Heavy Psych Sounds – ORDER
Anyone familiar with the terms “Stoner Rock” or “Desert Rock” have surely heard the names FU MANCHU or YAWNING MAN. While stylistically different, both bands occupy legendary status. Like many of the best things in life, the root collaboration behind Big Scenic Nowhere between guitarists Gary Arce of Yawning Man and Bob Balch of Fu Manchu started with tacos.
While the project would grow soon enough to encompass players like Tony Reed (Mos Generator), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man), Per Wiberg (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Opeth), Bill Stinson (Yawning Man), Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator, ex-Kyuss, etc.), Lisa Alley and Ian Graham (both of The Well), Alain Johannes (Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell, Eleven) and Thomas V. Jäger (Monolord), Big Scenic Nowhere is founded on Balch and Arce tossing guitar riffs and leads back and forth, piecing together song parts one movement at a time. Jamming. Sharing music. Developing a chemistry to build something new based on their individual experiences. In this way, Big Scenic Nowhere is the heart of what collaboration should manifest. Something that grows stronger for the cohesion between those who make it happen.
Gary traveled to Bob’s place, Bob recorded the tracks and assembled what became more fluid progressions, and songs resulted, highlighting the differences of style between the two of them – Balch a fuzz-laden guitarist’s guitarist tuned to D standard, Arce a delay-drenched sonic explorer with a signature tone tuned to DAD’GAD – and the resulting cohesion from their efforts. After Balch arranged the tunes they headed into the studio to get basic tracks. Over the course of a few months musicians started to send in their contributions to the record. Vocals from Tony Reed came first, then Lisa Alley and Ian Graham from The Well and lastly Alain Johannes. Tony Reed also provided some vintage synth sounds, along with Per Wiberg, and Alain added some extra guitar parts. The end result is an album that is so dense with talent that it’s frightening. It’s a result of seasoned artists that have grown to this point. While all of their styles are different, the collaboration created a beautiful and unique album. “Vision Beyond Horizon” will echo through the ages as a document of our time, a bible to all things stoner and desert and then some. It’s a very heady album and deserves full attention. So sit back, relax, and take a trip behind the sonic curtain. Let “Vision Beyond Horizon” be your guide for years to come.
BIG SCENIC NOWHERE is
Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) – Guitar / Bass on all tracks
Gary Arce (Yawning Man) – Guitar on all tracks
Tony Reed (Mos Generator) – Vocals / Keys / Drums
Alain Johannes (QOTSA, Them Crooked Vultures) – Vocals / Guitar
Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Mondo Generator) – Bass
Bill Stinson (Fu Manchu) – Drums
Mario Lalli (Yawning Man, Fatso Jetso) – Bass
Per Wiberg (Kamchatka, ex-Opeth) – Keys
Lisa Alley (The Well) – Vocals
Ian Graham (The Well) – Vocals
Kylen Reed – Bass
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