Ripple Music to reissue YAWNING MAN’s cornerstone debut ‘Rock Formations’ on vinyl this August 6th.

Ripple Music teams up desert rock godfathers YAWNING MAN to reissue their long sold-out cornerstone debut album ‘Rock Formations’ on vinyl this summer. It will be available on black vinyl and limited colored vinyl on August 6th, 2021, with preorder up now! 

Ripple Music presents the much-demanded re-release of the first album from the legendary Palm Desert band YAWNING MAN, once known as the favorite band of Brant Bjork and among the biggest influences on Kyuss. Although formed in 1986 by Mario Lalli on bass, Gary Arce on guitar, Alfredo Hernandez on drums, the band only released their debut full-length in 2005 on Alone Records. ‘Rock Formations’ has been called « a melancholic mix of acoustic space rock with elements of surf music as well as middle eastern guitar style, » and it represents the primordial statement from one of the most important bands ever to emerge from the California desert.  YAWNING MAN frontman Mario Lalli declares: “This album truly reflects a point in our evolution as musicians where we touched on a sound that resonated with us to this day, while the band has been together since 1986 this album was essential to our growth and is very dear to us, we are very excited to be working with ripple music on this reissue. »

‘Rock Formations’ will be reissued on August 6th via Ripple Music, and available to preorder on:
– Limited Edition Gatefold LP (200 copies pressed on pure white and royal blue color-in-color vinyl with gold splatter + 8-page art book included)
– Worldwide Edition Gatefold LP (black vinyl + 8-page art book included)  

YAWNING MAN ‘Rock Formations’ reissue
Out August 6th on Ripple Music – PREORDER

1. Rock Formations
2. Perpetual Oyster
3. Stoney Lonesome
4. Split Tooth Thunder
5. Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway
6. Airport Boulevard
7. Advanced Darkness
8. She Scares Me
9. Crater Lake
10. Buffalo Chips

Formed in the late 1980s, the lineup of Gary Arce, Mario Lalli, and Bill Stinson rounds out their yearlong active recording and touring schedule. Arce and Lalli’s background together date back to the start of YAWNING MAN with Stinson’s background steeped in the SST Records world through performing and recording with Greg Ginn and Chuck Dukowski of Black Flag for several years. Yawning Man is acknowledged and recognized throughout the underground heavy music community as a key piece in the developments of the desert/stoner rock subgenres. While their contemporaries gravitated toward the heavy riffs of grunge, and post-punk, Yawning Man leaned in another direction with their unique and organic, cinematic compositions and psychedelic improvisations…the perfect soundtrack to encompass the spacious moonscape atmosphere of the well documented « generator parties » of their area in the late 1980s. It was at these gatherings where they developed this distinctive style and sound by enchanting spectators with their seemingly endless free-form instrumental sessions, which echoed through the beautiful deserts, mesas, and landscapes of the Coachella Valley.
Gary Arce – guitar
Mario Lalli – bass
Bill Stinson – drums