Southern California heavy rockers FU MANCHU head into the studio this weekend to begin recording their 11th album. The follow-up to 2009's "Signs Of Infinite Power" will be released in May via the band's own At The Dojo label and will coincide with a month-long U.S. tour. Dates in Europe and the rest of the world will follow, leading up to FU MANCHU's 25th anniversary in 2015.
FU MANCHU's new CD is being produced by the bandmembers themselves and recorded by Andrew Giacumakis (MOAB) and Jim Monroe (THE ADOLESCENTS, X).
Writing for the album began in the summer of 2012, with a break for a tour of Europe in the fall of that year and a U.S. tour in the spring of 2013, reissuing and playing "The Action Is Go" LP in its entirety and an appearance at METALLICA's Orion Music + More festival in June 2013. FU MANCHU soon found itself with enough material for two albums.
A hint of what the new songs will sound like was released in October in the form of "Robotic Invasion", a split seven-inch single with MOAB, presented by Scion.
Slower, longer and heavier than most of the recent material the band has released, the new songs find FU MANCHU exploring different time changes and heavy sonics that the band is known for, with some atmospheric and conceptual lyrics and artwork that will hopefully be tying one, if not two, new records together that the band hopes will be released this year.
FU MANCHU's first full-length, "No One Rides For Free", has been reissued on At The Dojo as a gatefold vinyl. The record celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.