Long Morrow


Bob Balch: "We released the EP Lavender Blues back in October of 2020. Lavender Blues and The Long Morrow are both the result of a three-day jam session back in November of 2019. The players were myself, Gary Arce (Yawning Man), Bill Stinson (Yawning Man), and Tony Reed (Mos Generator) . . . Once 2020 hit, we started digging into what would become Lavender Blues with the intention to make it an EP and save the main chunk of the material for the LP which would become The Long Morrow. Once we released Lavender Blues, Tony Reed and I began digging into the tunes. All of the songs were jams at first, just two or three parts and lots of improvisation. Tony started chopping them up into arranged songs and added lyrics and a few changes. That's where we got songs like 'Murder Klipp', 'Defector', 'LeDu', and 'Lavender Bleu'. I did a few guitar overdubs on them as well to flesh out the parts, but for the most part they are all live takes. I'm surprised that 'Murder Klipp' came together so easily that early in the morning. That time signature is bonkers, Bill Stinson had no trouble coming up with a beat that complemented it. I had to take notes and increase my caffeine intake for that one. 'Lavender Bleu' is a second take for 'Lavender Blues' hence the title similarity. They were both jams but 'Lavender Bleu' became a structured song and the second half of it became 'Labyrinths Fade' from the EP. I got to play bass on 'Defector' and Tony switched to guitar. 'LeDu' is inspired by Hüsker Dü and Led Zeppelin. Gary Arce (Yawning Man) planted the main riff ideas for all of those songs on side one . . . 'The Long Morrow' takes up side two. Clocking in at a little under 20 mins, 'The Long Morrow' was the very first jam we did during the session . . . After editing it down and changing guitar parts around it was sent to Reeves Gabrels (The Cure/David Bowie) and Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars) to add guitars and synth. Then it was sent to Tony Reed for vocals, overdubs and structure changes."