Southern California’s heavy fuzz rock legends FU MANCHU have completed work on their eleventh full length album. The electrifying group will drop Signs of Infinite Power on October 20, 2009 via Century Media Records.
Originally formed in 1985 as a Black Flag-influenced hardcore punk band called Virulence, FU MANCHU has since become one of hard rockâ€™s most celebrated names. The band released its first single â€œKept Between Treesâ€ in 1990 and in the years following, helped give rise to a celebrated style of heavy music tagged â€œstoner rockâ€ alongside peers such as Kyuss, Monster Magnet and Sleep. Since its inception, the quartet has built itself a fanatical army of loyal enthusiasts all drawn to the groupâ€™s ridiculously catchy, unpretentious music, guitar-driven sound and carefree lyrics centered on “old muscle cars, choppers, vans, skateboarding and science fiction.”
Recorded at Maple Studios in Santa Ana, California by the band and producer Sergio Chavez (MotÃ¶rhead, Helmet) and mixed by Andrew Alekel (Foo Fighters, Danzig), Signs of Infinite Power could well be dubbed â€œa reawakeningâ€ of FU MANCHU as the record delivers monstrous doses of the groupâ€™s punk energy, hard rock drive and psychedelic crunch in spades. From the instant the albumâ€™s lead track â€œBionic Astronauticsâ€ soars from the speakers, it is undeniably evident that FU MANCHU is as primed and hungry as ever before. The record holds the sound of a band rocking purely for the sheer joy of rocking; amps cranked to 11 and revved to maximum overdrive.
The final track listing for Signs of Infinite Power is as follows:
1.) Bionic Astronautics
3.) Against the Ground
4.) Webfoot Witch Hat
5.) El Busta
6.) Signs of Infinite Power
7.) Eyes x 10
8.) Gargantuan March
9.) Take It Away
10.) One Step Too Far
â€œWeâ€™re stoked to unleash â€œSigns of Infinite Powerâ€ because we feel that itâ€™s the best record that weâ€™ve ever made,â€ states FU MANCHU front man / guitarist Scott Hill. â€œWeâ€™re canâ€™t believe that weâ€™re going into our twentieth year as a band. The excitement and energy levels that weâ€™re feeling right now are as high as theyâ€™ve ever been.â€
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, FU MANCHU has a number of very special events planned for 2010. The band will unveil a host of plans that include rolling out both one-of-a-kind live events and extra special vinyl releases. Additionally, the Virulence (pre-FU MANCHU) recordings will be remastered and packaged with the bandâ€™s â€œ1985-87 demosâ€ and both live songs and video footage from 1987-89 under the title â€œIf This Isn’t A Dreamâ€¦1985-1989â€. The package will be made available on both CD and LP and is slated for a winter 2009 release via Southern Lord Records.
FU MANCHU will tour the U.S. in support of Signs of Infinite Power this fall. Details are expected to be announced in the immediate future.
In addition to Hill, FU MANCHU features guitarist Bob Balch, bassist Brad Davis and drummer Scott Reeder.
FU MANCHU is available to speak with interested media now. To chat with the band, simply contact Carl Schultz at ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below. Updated FU MANCHU news and tour information will be made available via the bandâ€™s online domains: www.fu-manchu.com / www.myspace.com/fumanchu, the Century Media website: www.centurymedia.com and the ACTION! PR website: www.action-pr.com.
“A transcendent distillation of Seventies rock heaviness and Eighties punk aggression…what Black Sabbath would sound like with suntans and a fleet of dune buggies at their disposalâ€¦the ultimate desert-rock ” – ROLLING STONE
â€œstoner-rock iconsâ€¦unyielding, heavy-rockâ€ – SPIN
“melodic smoke-soaked bluesy-metal” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Invoking the legendary thunder of Blue Cheer as well as the clanging cowbell boogie of Mountain, this Santa Monica quartet creates a near-perfect facsimile of circa-’71 heavy rock. ” â€“ ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
â€œflawlessâ€¦(a) Frankenstein monster from the discarded body parts of Black Sabbath and less obvious influences such as ZZ Top, Devo and the Cars.â€ â€“ MTV NEWS
“The amped-up sounds of four asphalt-tearinâ€™, Vans-wearinâ€˜ dudes engrossed in their perpetual search for the perfect wave and the perfect riff. The music of FU MANCHU may be loud and unruly enough to send your average pop geek ducking for cover behind a stack of Emitt Rhodes LPs, but itâ€™s also as purely Californian as anything Brian Wilson ever recorded. ” â€“ LA WEEKLY
“In the great scheme of things, FU MANCHU stands proud in the decades-old tradition of cock-rock, a lineage which includes the likes of Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Masters Of Reality, Quicksand, ad infinitum…a stiff dose of full-on hedonism to wash away the bad taste of bland alternative bands.â€ â€“ THE ONION