US heavy rock collective BIG SCENIC NOWHERE (w/ Fu Manchu, Yawning Man members) releases new single w/ Chris Goss and Per Wiberg!
Californian rock collective BIG SCENIC NOWHERE premiere their new single “Blink Of An Eye”, featuring the stellar contribution from Chris Goss (Masters of Reality) on guitar and Per Wiberg (Kamchatka, ex-Opeth) on keys and organs. The collective formed by Bob Balch, Gary Arce, Tony Reed, and Bill Stinson will release their new EP “Lavender Blues” this October 23rd on Heavy Psych Sounds.
Clocking in at nearly half an hour, new EP ‘Lavender Blues’ features special guest appearances from 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, and the artwork was designed by Max Loeffler.
Listen to the new song “Blink Of An Eye” w/ Chris Goss and Per Wiberg
“This song features Chris Goss and Per Wiberg,” said Balch.
“Chris cruised out on the third day of our session and we jammed four tunes all around 10 mins long. I played bass on one song. That song is ‘Blink Of An Eye.’ Chris Goss manned my pedal board and amp and I played Tony Reed’s bass rig. Gary Arce came up with the main riff and feel of the tune. Tony added guitars and vocals after getting inspiration from one of Per’s key melodies that were sent to us after the session. Per also ripped the solo at the end. This song has a Herbie Hancock meets Alice Cooper meets 70’s pop rock vibe to me. Tony Reed’s vocal hooks are insane! I still have to dig into some of the other Goss jams. He rules and we were super stoked to jam with him talk about gear and band.”
Listen to the EP’s 13-minute title track at this location. 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 band released its 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 transcending and uplifting all at once.
1. Lavender Blues
2. Blink of an Eye
3. Labyrinths Fade
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 casual 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 certainly 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 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