Almost 10 years since Minutemen’s Mike Watt and Tera Melos’ Nick Reinhart had the creative spark to begin recording together, the pair’s vision has finally come to fruition in the form of Big Walnuts Yonder’s self-titled debut, out this May. Watt and Reinhart first had the idea of working together 10 years ago. In 2014, they recruited Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers) and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) to round out their ideas for the group’s self-titled debut. Finally, after all that time, Big Walnuts Yonder is set for a May 5th release via Sargent House.
The supergroup shared the thrashing lead single, "Raise the Drawbridges?", last month, and today return with another fresh listen. Like the previous track, “Sponge Bath” has a bit of menace in it, though in a very different sense. Grooving with guitar distortion, “Sponge Bath” is a more conventional indie track than last month’s “Raise The Drawbridge,” which introduced us to the psychedelic, genre-bending music Big Walnuts Yonder has been cooking up. Here, it’s slinking and slimy, crawling between reverberating vocals and twitchy, distorted guitars. It’s an intriguingly weird slice of indie psych, and you can listen below.