Entries tagged with: Fu Manchu
By Ian Chainey
Californian stoner rockers Fu Manchu are now streaming their 11th long-player, Gigantoid, in full. The album is seeing a digital release today (4/29), with physical copies slated to be available on June 3 through the band's own At the Dojo Records. Have a listen below.
Gigantoid, Fu Manchu's first album since 2009's Signs of Infinite Power, stays roughly within the same style strain the outfit has perfected over their 27 year career. Opener "Dimension Shifter" sets the template, providing respites to stout stoner rock with spacey amp worship. Elsewhere, "No Warning" recalls the hardcore of their Virulence days, powering a minute and a half long burnout. "Anxiety Reducer," which we premiered in March, wears its love of the smoking valves of classic rock on its sleeve. And "Triplanetary" is no doubt the name of at least seven different van clubs now.
As a reminder, you can catch Fu Manchu on tour this spring/summer, including a New York date at Mercury Lounge on May 19 with Electric Citizen, and The Unwed. (Tickets.) For West Coasters, two new California dates have been added. All dates are listed, along with the Gigantoid stream, below.
By Doug Moore
It's been kind of a while since Fu Manchu's last delivery, 2009's Signs of Infinite Power. (Their Scion-sponsored 7" split with Moab notwithstanding.) But Scott Hill and company are saddling up for their eleventh studio album -- Gigantoid, which will be self-released on the band's At the Dojo Records on April 29. (That's the cover art above.) Get an early taste via "Anxiety Reducer," the first single from Gigantoid, which makes its premiere in this post. Unsurprisingly, it's vintage Fu -- this particular example hangs out in a Led Zep pocket, but the superfuzzed guitars and Hill's cockeyed vocals provide the post-rip glow that the band have built their career upon. stream it below.
Fu Manchu will also be embarking on a North American tour in support of the album. The tour kicks off the day after the album's release in San Francisco and hits NYC on 5/19 at Mercury Lounge. No supporting bands have been announced yet, but tickets are on sale.
All tour dates are listed, along with the new track stream, below...
by Doug Moore
Scion A/V's inexplicable largesse towards the metal community continues ever onwards. Back in August, Scion announced that they would start holding free rock/metal shows in LA every month. Now they've upped the ante by distributing free 7" splits to the attendees of said shows. I, for one, would like to know how many 7"s they have to give away per each sale of a Scion car to a metalhead.
We're streaming both sides of the first of these splits, featuring long-running stoner rock legends Fu Manchu and bluesy doom troupe Moab, over at Invisible Oranges. From Dan Lawrence's writeup:
Fu Manchu's "Robotic Invasion" digs in with an insistent swagger. These long-running Californian good-time peddlers know their way around a riff or two, so it's no surprise that this hard-edged fuzzbomb sinks its teeth directly into your brain's pleasure center. What really sells the song to these ears, though, is a chorus that feels more old-time Clutch than cactus. Before you know it, though, the lads fire off a guitar solo that burns lasers through your eyes, so good luck plotting a homeward course on any earthbound map.Check out the full writeup over at IO. This split will be doled out at the second edition of Scion's monthly rock showcase, which will take place tomorrow (10/30) at The Satellite in LA.. The showcase, which will feature Indian Handcrafts, Dirty Streets, and LSDJs.
Sadly, my chief recollection of Moab's debut full-length Ab Ovo involves thinking, "Damn, that singer sure sounds a heck of a lot like Ozzy." Their side of the split, "No Soul," doesn't do much to alter that initial impression. But unlike Black Sabbath, Moab's stonier brew of the doomed draught features riffs that turn back in on themselves instead of propelling relentlessly forward. But then, late in the song, a funny thing happens: Moab hooks me. The tension between the steadfastly thrupping bass and the increasingly weeping lead guitar flourishes becomes even more palpable, and highlights (without mirroring) the interwoven threads of the vocal harmonies. All of this turns a three-minute genre exercise into a rather special little exploration of the porousness of musical borders.
Stream both songs below.
Metallica at Orion 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Metallica held their inaugural Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City in 2012, and as mentioned, they'll be moving to Detroit for the 2013 installment. It happens from June 8 - 9 in Belle Isle and the lineup was just announced, including headliners Metallica joined by Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Gogol Bordello, Death Grips, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, The Dirtbombs, Death, Foals, The Bronx, The Orwells, Red Hot Chili Peppers, FIDLAR, and more. Full lineup below. The announcement includes no word on Metallica playing full albums like they did last year.
Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/1) at 10 AM EST with a Met Club presale starting Tuesday (2/26) at 10 AM and an Orion E-list member presale on Wednesday (2/27) at 10 AM.
Fu Manchu's The Action is Go enters its sixth vinyl pressing just in time for the stoner rock band to hit the road for a set of US dates that is still-to-be-revealed in full. A partial tour listing for the trek, which will see the band perform the 1997 LP in its entirety, will include a stop in NYC to take on Bowery Ballroom on April 19th. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale on Jan 23rd at noon, with regular sale following on Friday 1/25.
So far no word on support has been mentioned, nor details on the latest pressing of that oh-so-popular long-player which you can stream below with the list all currently known dates...
Nachtmystium at Europa (more by Samantha Marble)
Nachtmystium, Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth, and Dark Castle are going to tour, and BrooklynVegan and 1000 Knives have teamed up to present the Manhattan show at The Studio at Webster Hall on September 15th! Tickets are on sale. It's one of two NYC shows on the trek. The foursome also play Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on September 19th. Tickets are on sale for that too. All dates are below.
In other news, Zoroaster and Dark Castle's recent tour mates, Black Tusk, are scheduled to play NYC on with Fu Manchu at Santos Party House on 9/4. Support will come from the great It's Casual, along with Vagina Panther. Tickets are on sale. The show is part of a larger set of dates for Fu Manchu and It's Casual; dig on those below too.