Big Scenic Nowhere (Fu Manchu, Yawning Man, etc.) have shared a radio edit of their new song “The Long Morrow.” The single, which features Reeves Gabrels (ex-David Bowie) and Per Wiberg (ex-Opeth), will serve as the title track of the band’s new album “The Long Morrow,” which is set to be released on January 14. Bob Balch commented:
“Clocking in at a little under 20 minutes, ‘The Long Morrow‘ was the very first jam we did as this line-up. It took us about 30 seconds to fall into a groove and we didn’t surface for 30 minutes. After editing it down and changing guitar parts around, it was sent to Reeves Gabrels and Per Wiberg to add respectively guitars and synth. Then it was sent to Tony Reed for vocals and more overdubs. We are super proud of this jam, and look ahead into the future as this is only the beginning.”
Big Scenic Nowhere (Fu Manchu, Yawning Man, etc.) have premiered a new song titled “Defector (Of Future Days).” This track will appear on the group’s upcoming album “The Long Morrow.” Tony Reed commented:
“Like most songs during these sessions, the main riff was something that guitarist Gary Arce came up with and we just fell in, adding our styles to complement his. Because I was writing on guitar for this one, it’s the song that sounds most like me or Mos Generator. If I was going to cite an influence on this track I would have to say it’s Voivod. Not only in the guitar chords, but also in the vocal melodies. In fact, Voivod find their way into much of my writing. The lyrics are about how your choices have a massive impact on your future and how fear of a wrong choice can keep you from taking chances.”
Big Scenic Nowhere (Fu Manchu, Yawning Man, etc.) have premiered a new song titled “LeDu.” This track will appear on the group’s upcoming album “The Long Morrow.”
The band commented:
“”LeDu” was inspired by one of my favorite bands of all time Husker Du, and one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs, “Achilles Last Stand.” I made up the riff and everyone joined in naturally, adding their own thing. One thing I really like about Big Scenic Nowhere is it’s a true collaboration of different styles and influences coming together without second thinking anything.”
“”LeDu” was named directly after we finished the jam that it’s constructed from. If I remember correctly, it was Gary who said “it sounds like Zeppelin and Husker Du.” As with all of the material on the Lavender Blues EP, this, and the rest of the album we are working on now, was taken from a series of live freeform jams we did in November 2019. This song was meticulously examined and reconstructed. Even going as far as to re-record drum parts in the choruses to bring the energy up. It’s a strange way to do things, but because we don’t live near each other it’s a necessary challenge. Personally, I enjoy it. It allows me to try and control strange forces of nature. While typing out the lyrics recently, they appear to be about how the world changes and the older you get, the more it seems that what is coming next will be a disaster. I figure all people grow older and then see the world this way. I am witnessing it happening to me now.”
“This song formed quickly and the spirit and attitude is something that many of my favorite bands tap into regardless of the style of music. “LeDu” sounds determined and defiant but shows some reflection too.”
“When we jammed back in November 2019 we had tons of material to go through and fine tune. This song was one of those. Listening after the fact we had Bill come back in and play sections to go along with Tony’s new bass lines and vocals. It worked out great. Bill has a great feel and made the track flow. Tony’s editing, mixing and mastering helped a lot too. I did several takes but finally decided to keep the guitars in Drop A so that the last section gets heavy because most of the song is played in higher register. Gary is a rad guitar player and plants very unique seeds that we all get to add to to help the song grow. We all added to this one but Gary originated the main riff and vibe of the song.”
Big Scenic Nowhere (Fu Manchu, Yawning Man, etc.), have premiered a new song titled “Murder Klipp” via Metal Injection. You can check that out HERE. The track will appear on the group’s upcoming album “The Long Morrow.”
Tony Reed commented:
“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.”
Bob Balch added:
“‘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.”
Big Scenic Nowhere (Fu Manchu, Yawning Man, etc.) have announced that they will be releasing a new EP titled “Lavender Blues” on October 23. The effort, which can be pre-ordered HERE, will feature Per Wiberg (Kamchatka, ex-Opeth), Daniel Mongrain (Voivod), and Chris Goss (Masters Of Reality). Here’s the track listing:
01. “Lavender Blues”
02. “Blink Of An Eye”
03. “Labyrinths Fade”
Big Scenic Nowhere (Fu Manchu, Yawning Man, etc.), have premiered a new song titled “Then I Was Gone.” This track is from the group’s debut album “Vision Beyond Horizon,” which will be released on January 31.
Big Scenic Nowhere, a new project led by Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) and Gary Arce (Yawning Man), will be releasing a new two-song EP titled “Dying On The Mountain” on September 13. The effort was recorded with a number of other musicians including: Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator, ex-Queens Of The Stone Age, ex-Kyuss), Per Wiberg (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Opeth), Alain Johannes, Thomas V. Jäger (Monolord), Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man), etc. The title track, which is over 20 minutes long, will appear on the a-side and “Towards The Sun” will appear on the b-side. You can stream “Towards The Sun“ below: