Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) and Gary Arce (Yawning Man) to debut heavy riff-psych project BIG SCENIC NOWHERE as part of the anticipated POSTWAX subscription series.
Duo gears up for two Big Scenic Nowhere releases, starting with an exclusive PostWax release in June, then a full album later in 2019.
Bob Balch and Gary Arce
Blues Funeral Recordings has confirmed that BIG SCENIC NOWHERE is the last band to land a spot on the inaugural year of PostWax, its ambitious series of exclusive stoner/doom/heavy psych records that launched with a massively successful Kickstarter last November.
The brainchild of Fu Manchu guitarist Bob Balch and Yawning Man guitarist Gary Arce,BIG SCENIC NOWHERE is a project built around massive riff-power and singular guitar atmospherics, like a soundtrack to vast canyons and endless highways that explodes with stratospheric fuzz and ambient delay.
Together, the two guitar gods are creating a heavy transmutation that’s certain to deliver for fans of both of their primary bands, and certainly to those who signed up for PostWaxearly on without knowing what was to come until now.
Talking about how Big Scenic Nowhere came together, Balch says:
“Gary posted a pic of Del Taco on his Facebook page, saying “it’s good to be back home” after a two month Yawning Man tour. I commented with my usual order, regular red with sour cream. I think that triggered something, because be called me minutes later saying he wanted to start a heavy rock band and wanted me involved. We jammed a few days later and it was gnarly. So many ideas. We started taking about other musicians and the list grew. I don’t want to jinx it, but this record will blow people’s minds. The riffs are super creative and the musicians involved are at the top of the genre.”
Adding to that enthusiasm, Arce says:
“Bob and I just had a mutual respect for each other’s playing. We spoke a few times about jamming together and it finally happened, two completely different approaches to the guitar but a common ground was found… a musical sweet spot of heaviness and ambient, experimental power riffs!”
The pair promise several more incredible additions to the project that it’s too early to mention, but whatever they turn out to be, PostWax subscribers will be the first to hear it when Big Scenic Nowhere is unveiled as part of the series this summer.
PostWax year one will include exclusive new releases from psych-metal boundary-breakers ELDER, Brooklyn metalgaze trio SPOTLIGHTS, apocalyptic doomsters DOMKRAFT with a guest appearance from MARK LANEGAN, and desert rock progenitors LOWRIDER, among others, with 7 records total set to land during 2019.
More info on PostWax can be found via the label at bluesfuneral.com, with additional details on the project and Big Scenic Nowhere coming soon.