When Savage Republic founding member Bruce Licher relocated from his native Los Angeles to Arizona in late 1992 he decided it was time to form a new band. He also had the perfect name for the all-instrumental musical ideas he'd been conceptualizing since the dissolution of his previous group in 1989. Scenic's first rehearsal in November of 1992 consisted of Licher on guitar, former Shiva Burlesque bassist James Brenner, and drummer Brock Wirtz, the three of whom carved out minimalist soundscapes which formed the basis for what would become Scenic's dГ©but album, Incident At Cima. Conceived as an evocative soundtrack for the East Mojave Desert, the group explored various instrumental themes using a sound palette consisting of traditional and non-traditional instruments including Licher's unison-tuned monotone guitar, producing a unique sound which he had been developing during his years in Savage Republic. Joined in the studio by former Savage Republic and 17 Pygmies member Robert Loveless on keyboards, along with several friends as guest musicians, Scenic captured the stark beauty of the East Mojave in a sound described by Rolling Stone scribe David Fricke as "Ennio Morricone dune-surfing in Death Valley." Sage was released as a 7" by Independent Project Records ( IP 054) in 1996. Individually numbered, hand-packaged limited edition of 1500 copies, numbers 1-500 came in clear vinyl, numbers 501-1500 came on black vinyl.
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