Pacific Coast-based rock collective Big Scenic Nowhere unveil their spellbinding new single Murder Klipp. The band formed by Bob Balch, Gary Arce, Tony Reed and Bill Stinson will the release of their sophomore full-length The Long Morrow in the fall of 2021. The band will release one song per month until the The Long Morrow’album release, which will also include demos, outtakes and extras. The artwork was once again designed by German illustrator Max Loeffler. All songs on The Long Morrow come from the band’s 2019 three-day session in Joshua Tree, from which their last EP Lavender Blues also originated.
Big Scenic Nowhere is the ambitious project formed by Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) and Gary Arce (Yawning Man), joined by Bill Stinson on drums (Yawning Man) and Tony Reed (Mos Generator) on bass, vocals and synths. The four-piece is a sheer creative force of nature, a combination of talents whom respective desert, psych, classic and progressive rock backgrounds became one to form a transcending, uplifting and finely-crafted brand of rock.
Their debut album Vision Beyond Horizon was released in early 2020 and featred numerous guests such as Mario Lalli, Alain Johannes or Nick Oliveri. Their last EP Lavender Blues’ stabilized the four-piece lineup around Tony Reed on vocals, shifting from the fuzzy, psych-laden desert rock of the beginnings to a more progressive and prismatic rock, enhanced by Tony Reed’s warm production.
About the creative process on Murder Klipp, Tony Reed (vocals, bass and synths) explains: «I’m not sure where the title Murder Klipp came from. The spelling of Klipp came from an amp that Laney made in the early 70s and other than that, it has no apparent meaning. The music came from a three-day jam binge that we did in November 2019. I’ve taken many of those freeform jams and done some creative editing in the studio to give them the feel of having proper song structures. This is evident on Murder Klipp in the middle section where it completely changes. Upon inspection, the lyrics appear to be about rising above the negative things you are born into or attitudes you inherit just by living in this world. It’s a struggle song, but with an overall positive view».
Guitarist Bob Balch adds: «Murder Klipp started with two riffs provided by Gary Arce. He played those for us on day two of our three-day session. Early in the morning. It’s a strange timing which I like, but I had to take notes. Too early for me to get my head around it. Gary plays in open tunings so I have no idea what he’s playing. It’s fun for me to throw my knowledge out the window and play by ear. It makes me come up with stuff I usually wouldn’t think of. Just trying to complement his parts. We had the verse and chorus, then Tony Reed took the parts home and added a bridge, keys and vocals. I added the solo from home after that. Like 10 months after, actually! Crazy. Tony also did a killer job mixing and mastering it».
Anyone familiar with the terms stoner rock or desert rock have surely heard the names Fu Manchu or Yawning Man. If you’re a diehard 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 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 in January 2020 on label Heavy Psych Sounds, followed by the Lavender Blues EP, released in October 2020 on Heavy Psych Sounds.
Big Scenic Nowhere is:
Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) — guitar
Gary Arce (Yawning Man) — guitar
Bill Stinson (Yawning Man) — drums
Tony Reed (Mos Generator) — vocals, bass, synth