FU MANCHU – ‘Clone Of The Universe’ Details; New Video; EU/US Tour; MOS GENERATOR To Support US Dates

(Pic Courtesy Of John Gilhooley)

(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)

A few weeks ago, Fu Manchu announced their twelfth studio album, “Clone Of The Universe” is set for release on February 9th, via their own label At The Dojo Records.  This is their first full-length in four years, but the band has existed about 30 years, so four isn’t exactly a drought for Desert Rock’s royal sons.  Unless you’re all as Fu-parched as I am… (or you might just be baked). 

The Foursome of Fuzz are also heading out on a massive tour trek across Europe and the United States.  The band will be playing two album release shows in Southern California to kick things into gear, then hitting Europe in March and returning to the US in May.

As of mere hours ago, the May dates in the U.S. were confirmed to now include direct support from none other than Mos Generator The Port Orchard, WA, heavy rock rulers are Tony Reed (guitar, multi Instrumentalist), Sean Booth (bass) and Jono Garrett (drums).  Mos Generator recently finished up a hammering string of successful West Coast dates with Fu Manchu this past November.

Since then, I’ve been extremely hopeful Fu Manchu would bring this same show pairing to the East Coast, and as I already have my ticket in hand for the upcoming NYC date, this news has me near twitch-happy.  Mos Generator are also scheduling some headline dates to surround this Fu Manchu tour run, so we’ll have those confirmed very soon!

Below we have updated track list and album details, along with Fu Manchu‘s new official lyric video for title track ‘Clone Of The Universe’ (premiered yesterday via Billboard); as well as all current tour dates with each show’s event/ticket link.  We hear more dates are in the works, stay tuned for those, too!

‘Clone Of The Universe’ Track List:

  • Intelligent Worship
  • (I’ve Been) Hexed
  • Don’t Panic
  • Slower Than Light
  • Nowhere Left To Hide
  • Clone of the Universe
  • IL Mostro Atomico (Featuring Alex Lifeson of RUSH)

A main feature of the album is that last song “IL Mostro Atomico,” an 18+ minute track featuring guest performance by Alex Lifeson, legendary guitarist / songwriter of the band Rush.  Declared as heavier than anything they’ve attempted before, the song has four distinct sections, showing the band still breaks new ground after decades of pushing heavy rock’s boundaries.

“We are excited to get out and play this stuff, especially “Il Mostro Atomico,” says founding guitarist, Scott Hill.  “We think it’s some 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.”  

I’ve heard the song, this is no over-reaching claim. ‘IL Mostro Atomico’ may be capable of sonically shifting slabs of granite.

Recorded and produced by Fu Manchu and Jim Monroe at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, CA, with additional recording by Andrew Giacumakis at SUSSTUDIO in Simi Valley, CA; ‘Clone Of The Universe’ will be released worldwide for digital streaming, CD, and vinyl** from At The Dojo Records(**as of 1/12/18, the U.S. vinyl pre-orders appear to have sold out on At The Dojo’s website.)

Fu Manchu is:

Scott Hill (Vocals, Guitar)
Bob Balch (Guitars)
Brad Davis (Bass)
Scott Reeder (Drums, Percussion)

Tour Dates (click date for event details/ticket info):

9.Feb – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
10.Feb – San Diego, CA – The Casbah

2 – Paris, France – Le Trabendo
3 – Hengelo, Netherlands – Metropol
5 – Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg
6 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
7 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
8 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis
10 – Helsinki, Finland – Nosturi
11 – Riga, Latvia – Meina Piekdiena
13 – Warsaw, Poland – Poglos
14 – Prague, Czech Republic – Klub 007
15 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
16 – Budapest, Hungary – A38
18 – Zurich, Switzerland – Mascotte
19 – Bern, Switzerland – Dachstock
20 – Munich, Germany – Hansa 39
21 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
23 – Hamburg, Germany – Markhalle
24 – Cologne, Germany – Bürgerhaus Stollwerck
25 – Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat
26 – Leuven, Belgium – Depot
27 – London, England – 02 Academy Islington

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