Fu Manchu - Clone of the Universe available for pre-order now!
New Damage Records is thrilled to announce the addition of Southern Californian hard rock legends Fu Manchu to their Canadian roster through a partnership with the band's own At The Dojo Records. One of hard rock’s most celebrated names, Fu Manchu will release their eagerly awaited 12th studio album Clone of the Universe on February 9, 2018. Today, the band partners with Billboard to premiere the record’s first revealed track, the title song, “Clone of the Universe.” The album is now available for pre-order. For physical pre-orders and bundles, visit: New Damage Records.
Watch the lyric video for “Clone of the Universe” now at Billboard.com
Clone of the Universe marks the band’s first album in four years, following 2014’s critically-acclaimed Gigantoid. Speaking with Billboard, founding guitarist Scott Hill says, “Our song ‘Clone Of The Universe’ was the last song written for the new record. We had about 13 songs ready to to choose from, and about three weeks before we were to go into the studio we wrote that song. We record all of our songs on cassette 4-track and we had the first part of the song arranged/recorded but we still needed an ending to the song. On one of the final days of practice before going into the studio at the end of practice as we were packing up our gear, our drummer, Scott Reeder, was doing these fast drum beats/rolls and I thought it sounded great and as soon as I got home I still had his drumming in my head and I wrote the ending riffs to his drum beat.” Read the rest at Billboard.com.
Recorded and produced by Fu Manchu and Jim Monroe at The Racket Room in Santa Barbara, Clone of the Universe marks a new chapter for the “fuzz rock” pioneers. Mixing straight ahead blistering rock with unexpected time shifts, the LP features seven new tracks, including the centerpiece of the album “IL Mostro Atomico.” “IL Mostro Atomico” is an 18-minute and eight-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 four distinct sections, it's new ground for a band that has been pushing the boundaries of “fuzz and wah” since its formation in 1990. Fu Manchu is Scott Hill (vocals, guitar), Bob Balch (Guitars), Brad Davis (Bass), and Scott Reeder (Drums and Percussion).
Says Hill of the new record, “We think it’s some of 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.”
In support of their new studio LP, the band recently announced extensive tours in the U.S and Europe. Additional 2018 shows will be announced in the coming months.