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.
On the day of the record’s release, FU MANCHU will launch the first leg of its U.S. “Signs of Infinite Power” headlining tour. The scheduled 3 week trek will launch on October 20 in San Jose, CA. Support on the FU MANCHU tour will be provided by North Carolina’s ASG and the Los Angeles duo It’s Casual. The band is expected to announce a separate, second U.S. leg imminently. A full listing of upcoming FU MANCHU tour dates follows this message.
Recorded at Maple Studios in Santa Ana, California by the band and producer Sergio Chavez (Motörhead, Helmet) and mixed by Andrew Alekel (Foo Fighters, Danzig), Signs of Infinite Power could well be dubbed “a reawakening” of FU MANCHU as the record delivers monstrous doses of the group’s punk energy, hard rock drive and psychedelic crunch in spades. From the instant the album’s lead track “Bionic Astronautics” 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.
Originally formed in 1985 as a Black Flag-influenced hardcore punk band called Virulence, FU MANCHU has since become one of hard rock’s most celebrated names. The band released its first single “Kept Between Trees” in 1990 and in the years following, helped give rise to a celebrated style of heavy music tagged “stoner rock” 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 group’s ridiculously catchy, unpretentious music, guitar-driven sound and carefree lyrics centered on "old muscle cars, choppers, vans, skateboarding and science fiction."
The final track listing for Signs of Infinite Power is as follows:
01.) Bionic Astronautics
03.) Against the Ground
04.) Webfoot Witch Hat
05.) El Busta
06.) Signs of Infinite Power
07.) Eyes x 10
08.) Gargantuan March
09.) Take It Away
10.) One Step Too Far
“We’re stoked to unleash “Signs of Infinite Power,” states FU MANCHU front man / guitarist Scott Hill. “We can’t believe that we’re going into our twentieth year as a band. The excitement and energy levels that we’re feeling right now are as high as they’ve ever been.”
On the fall trek, FU MANCHU will have a special tour-only 7” record available for fans. Strictly limited to 1,000 copies, the 7" vinyl EP will contain the brand new single "Bionic Astronautics" b/w a cover of the early 80's punk band JFA’s "Beach Blanket Bongout". This 7” will be the second release on the band's own At The Dojo Records.
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 band’s “1985-87 demos” and both live songs and video footage from 1987-89 under the title “If This Isn't A Dream…1985-1989”. The package will be made available on both CD and LP and is slated for a winter 2009 release via Southern Lord Records.
In addition to Hill, FU MANCHU features guitarist Bob Balch, bassist Brad Davis and drummer Scott Reeder.
FU MANCHU tour dates:
U.S. “Signs of Infinite Power” Tour
October 20 San Jose, CA The Blank Club
October 21 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill
October 23 Portland, OR Dante's
October 24 Seattle, WA Neumo's
October 26 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas
October 28 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
October 30 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
October 31 Chicago, IL Double Door
November 2 Lawrence, KS Jackpot
November 4 Dallas, TX The Door
November 5 Houston, TX Red Room
November 6 Austin, TX Red Seven
November 8 Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad
November 11 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour