Fu Manchu brings their unique style to the Foghat classic. This cover is backed with the first new Fu song in 2 years. To be sold at the mighty Fu’s show at the Viper Rooms Hollywood on the 12th of August.
Southern Californian hard-rock legends FU MANCHU have announced plans to release their 12th studio album, Clone of the Universe, on February 9th, The upcoming record will be their first in 4 years, following the 2014 release of Gigantoid. In addition to the album news, FU MANCHU has also announced a world tour in support of the record.
Clone Of The Universe marks a new chapter for the “fuzz rock” pioneers as they mix the straight ahead blistering rock with the unexpected time shifts, featuring tracks like the roaring cuts “Don’t Panic” and “(I’ve Been) Hexed” and the dynamically complex “Clone of the Universe” and “Slower Than Light.” The centerpiece of the album is “IL Mostro Atomico,” an 18 minute 8 second, side long epic featuring a special guest performance by Alex Lifeson, guitarist and songwriter of the legendary band RUSH.
Heavier than anything they’ve ever done and broken into 4 distinct sections, it's new ground for a band that’s been pushing the boundaries of “fuzz and wah” since its formation in 1990.The band will be playing 2 album release shows in Southern California before hitting the road in Europe in March of 2018 and returning to the US in May of 2018. Additional 2018 shows will be announced in the coming months.
“We are excited to get out and play this stuff, especially “Il Mostro Atomico,” says founding guitarist, Scott Hill. “We think it’s some the strongest music we’ve ever done. We really love the overall sound of the album and having Alex (Lifeson) play on it is just incredible. It gives it that special validation for the idea that we had to try something like a side long song.”
The album was recorded and produced by FU MANCHU and Jim Monroe at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, CA with additional recording by Andrew Giacumakis at SUSSTUDIO in Simi Valley CA and will be released worldwide for streaming and on vinyl and CD on the band’s own AT THE DOJO RECORDS.
FU MANCHU is Scott Hill (vocals, guitar) Bob Balch (Guitars), Brad Davis (Bass) and Scott Reeder (Drums and Percussion).
Tracklisting: 1. Intelligent Worship 2. (I’ve Been) Hexed 3. Don’t Panic 4. Slower Than Light 5. Nowhere Left To Hide 6. Clone Of The Universe 7. IL Mostro Atomico
Specially remastered for vinyl, triple album comprehensive reissue in a gatefold sleeve.
The first LP has never been previously released and is comprised of the original demos that were written for this album. The songs "Foot Down and Low", "Go For It" and "The Answer Lies" have never been re-recorded or released on any subsequent album.
LP2 is the pre-production demo version of the entire original album, including "Planet Of The Ape Hangers," which was only released on the Japanese version of the album.
The third LP is the 2002 Mammoth Records album newly remastered specifically for this vinyl only release.
Tracklisting: Disc 1: 1. Separate Kingdom 2. Hang On 3. Foot Down And Low 4. Ampin' 5. Go For It 6. Planet Of The Ape Hangers 7. Bultaco 8. The Answer Lies 9. Wiz Kid
Disc 2: 1. Separate Kingdom 2. California Crossing 3. Mongoose 4. Thinkin' Out Loud 5. Hang On 6. Wiz Kid 7. Squash That Fly 8. Ampin' 9. Downtown In Dogtown 10. Bultaco 11. Planet Of The Ape Hangers 12. The Wasteoid
Disc 3: 1. Separate Kingdom 2. Hang On 3. Mongoose 4. Thinkin' Out Loud 5. California Crossing 6. Wiz Kid 7. Squash That Fly 8. Ampin' 9. Bultaco 10. Downtown In Dogtown 11. The Wasteoid
RE-ISSUE OF CLASSIC FU!NOW ON OPAQUE ORANGE VINYL!
After a bit of a break from albums, not counting the Return to Earth singles compilation, Fu Manchu fully fired up and took off again with King of the Road, an album that doesn't so much follow on from The Action Is Go as flat out continue it.
Hill has a touch more bite to his vocals this time around, but otherwise there's little to differentiate the two records -- and that's very much meant as a compliment. With plenty of touring and other things under their belts, the lineup has fully jelled and sounds it, Bjork's bad-ass drumming (and occasional cowbells, of course) and Balch's insane lead guitar crunch possibly even better than ever.
Together it's all one megariff and nasty, slamming rhythm after another, and face it, anyone expecting anything else from Fu Manchu really needs to find another band. Joe Barresi co-produces with the band, and while there's no extra keyboard/organ weirdness this time around, it hardly matters.
In as much as there's a theme to King of the Road beyond the basics of driving, drugs, and that demon rock & roll, it's driving -- there's a reason why the cover and internal art features a slew of great '70s-era photos from a massive van rally.
The one shot of the fully leather-covered interior of one mobile love nest, complete with black curtains, about says it all. Then there's the megachugging title track ("King of the road says you move too slow!"), "Hell on Wheels," "Boogie Van," and so forth -- call it a concept album that doesn't waste time with elves and yogis.
As with the last album, a punk/new wave nugget gets the cover treatment here -- none other than Devo's "Freedom of Choice." Needless to say, now it sounds just like a Fu Manchu original.