Big Scenic Nowhere
Big Scenic Nowhere
Background information
Origin California, USA
Genres Desert Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental Rock
Years active 2019 - Present
Labels PostWax, Blues Funeral Recordings, Heavy Psych Sounds
Associated acts Fu Manchu, Sun and Sail Club, Yawning Man, The Sort Of Quartet, Fatso Jetson, Ten East, Yawning Sons, Zun, Dark Tooth Encounter, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator, Mos Generator, The Well, Monolord, Candlemass, Spiritual Beggars, Voivod, Masters of Reality, Opeth, Dwarves, Svetlanas, BL'AST!, Bloodclot!, CD6, Fastgato, Martyr, Cryptopsy, Gorguts
Website Big Scenic Nowhere on Facebook

Big Scenic Nowhere is a musical project featuring Gary Arce (Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson) and Bob Balch (Fu Manchu, Sun and Sail Club) along with a host of other musicians, creating an eclectic blend of experimental rock.

To date the band has released a critically acclaimed studio album and two extended plays.


Big Scenic Nowhere would first be announced in February of 2019, with Gary Arce and Bob Balch being the first known members of the project. The initial announcement would state the following: "BIG SCENIC NOWHERE is the brainchild of Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) and Gary Arce (Yawning Man). This is a project that will feature the unique and vastly different styles of both guitarists- as well as some surprise guests in rhythm and vocals."[1] Later Bill Stinson (Yawning Man) and Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Mondo Generator, Queens of the Stone Age) would be announced as the main rhythm section.

Various guests would be confirmed over the next couple months. Mario Lalli (Yawning Man, Fatso Jetson) would be announced to contribute bass on 11 March. The next month various guests would be announced including Tony Reed (Mondo Generator), Ian Graham (The Well), Lisa Alley (The Well), Thomas Jäger (Monolord) and Per Wiberg (Candlemass, Spiritual Beggars, Opeth) as guests for both upcoming releases. On 23 April 2019 the band would announce that their first EP would be finished and set for a mid-summer release while the studio album would be set for a fall release.[2]

On 21 August 2019 one of the songs from Dying on The Mountain in "Towards The Sun" would be premiered along with details on how the project started and a release date of 13 September.[3] On 7 October 2019 the title of the debut album by Big Scenic Nowhere had been revealed in Vision Beyond Horizon and a release date of 31 January 2020 via Heavy Psych Sounds.[4]

On 6 February 2020 it would be revealed that Big Scenic Nowhere would perform live for the first time at the 2020 edition of Stoned and Dusted.[5] A show was also intended for Monolith on The Mesa but both gigs would be canceled when The CO-VID19 Pandemic had hit. The band would instead opt to write and record new music and on 30 July 2020, announce a second EP recorded the past November entitled Lavender Blues, featuring the likes of Tony Reed (Mos Generator), Daniel Mongrain (Voivod) and Chris Goss (Masters of Reality).[6] It is currently set for release in the Fall of 2020.



Core LineupEdit


External LinksEdit


  1. Big Scenic Nowhere Facebook
  2. Big Scenic Nowhere Facebook
  3. Brooklyn Vegan
  4. / Big Scenic Nowhere Facebook
  5. The Obelisk
  6. Big Scenic Nowhere Facebook
V·T·E Yawning Man
Current Members Mario LalliGary ArceBill Stinson
Past Members Alfredo HernándezBilly CordellLarry LalliGreg Seanz
Albums Rock FormationsNomadic PursuitsHistorical GraffitiThe Revolt Against Tired NoisesMacedonian Lines
Other Releases Pot HeadThe Birth of SolYawning Man & Fatso JetsonLive at Maximum FestivalLive at Giant Rock
Associated Bands Across The RiverAcross The River (Demo)Fatso JetsonKyussChéQueens of the Stone AgeThe Desert SessionsBrant BjorkOrquesta del DesiertoVic du MonteVista ChinoYawning SonsDark Tooth EncounterTen EastThe Sort Of QuartetBig Scenic NowhereZun • The Perfect Rat
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