All-star rock collective BIG SCENIC NOWHERE (w/ Fu Manchu, Yawning Man members) debut 13-minute single off upcoming ‘Lavender Blues’ EP!
California-based rock collective BIG SCENIC NOWHERE (w/ Bob Balch, Gary Arce, Tony Reed and Bill Stinson) return this October with their new 3-track EP ‘Lavender Blues’ on Heavy Psych Sounds, featuring special guests Per Wiberg (ex-Opeth), Daniel Mongrain (Voivod) and Chris Goss (Masters of Reality). Stream the title track « Lavender Blues » now via The Obelisk!
« A forward-thinking take on progressive heavy psychedelia that sees Balch, Arce, Reed and Stinson and their invited company enhance each other’s work in striking, sometimes surprising, and delightful ways. » — The Obelisk
Clocking in at nearly half an hour, ‘Lavender Blues’ features special guests Per Wiberg (ex-Opeth) on synths and piano, Daniel Mongrain (Voivod) as well as Chris Goss (Masters Of Reality) on guitar. With a mellow and psychedelic attitude enveloping their desert soundscapes, the three tracks hold together with a progressive and old school inspiration that will blow any rock lover’s mind. All songs were mixed and mastered by Tony Reed, artwork was designed by Max Loeffler.
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About the song, Bob Balch comments: « This jam is the first take with all original parts. You can really hear all of us playing off each other and that needed to stay. Per Wiberg added some killer key parts, Tony Reed added some awesome keys too along with vocal passages. This song is meant for travel… whatever that means to you. ‘Lavender Blues’ has a Hawkwind meets Alan Parson Project meets Pink Floyd vibe to it. I really like when bands take inspiration from different genres and mix it up into a unique sonic stew. »
BIG SCENIC NOWHERE is the ambitious project merging the massive and fuzzy riffing of Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) with the atmospheric guitar lead of Gary Arce (Yawning Man), also featuring Tony Reed on bass, vocals, synths and guitar (Mos Generator) and Bill Stinson on drums (Yawning Man). In early 2020, the collective released their debut album ‘Vision Beyond Horizon’, which also featured the likes of Mario Lalli, Alain Johannes, Nick Oliveri, Thomas V. Jäger among others. A combination of talents and a true creative force of nature, which sum of its parts created a brand of rock that is both transcendingand uplifting all at once.
Anyone familiar with the terms “Stoner Rock” or “Desert Rock” have surely heard the names FU MANCHU or YAWNING MAN. If you’re a die hard fan of the genre, or a causal observer, you know that both bands have been dishing out quality material since the beginning. While stylistically different, both bands occupy legendary status. FU MANCHU’s sun-drenched, stratospheric, fuzz worship sound and YAWNING MAN’s ethereal, ambient delay have never been crossbred until now. It’s certainty a good time to be alive if you’re a fan of either band.
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. The result of this symbiosis was debut album ‘Vision Beyond Horizon’, which was released on January 31st, 2020 on label Heavy Psych Sounds. Their new EP ‘Lavender Blues’ will be issued on October 23rd, 2020 on Heavy Psych Sounds.
BIG SCENIC NOWHERE « Lavender Blues » EP lineup:
Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) – Guitar / Bass on all tracks
Gary Arce (Yawning Man) – Guitar on all tracks
Tony Reed (Mos Generator) – Bass / Vocals / Synths / Guitar
Bill Stinson (Yawning Man) – Drums
Per Wiberg (Kamchatka, ex-Opeth) – Synths / Piano
Daniel Mongrain (Voivod) – Guitar
Chris Goss (Masters Of Reality) – Guitar
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