While Fu Manchu's music has been alternately described as stoner rock, surf-punk and desert rock, the truth is that it's all of the above. Rolling Stone probably said it best when it described the band as "a transcendent distillation of Seventies rock heaviness and Eighties punk aggression." Over their two decades of existence, the SoCal quartet has perfected the art of the riff, mastered the depth of the groove and sharpened the edge of the hook.
The band's tenth album, 2007's We Must Obey - praised by Decibel as the band's "best set of riffs in years" - was recorded at Hollywood's Grandmaster Recorders studio (Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Black Crowes). Finishing touches were added by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering (Velvet Revolver, Pennywise, Rev. Horton Heat). In addition to standouts "Hung Out To Dry" and "Between The Lines," the album includes a distinct cover of The Cars' classic "Moving In Stereo."
"It's a pissed-off sounding record," vocalist, guitarist and founding member Scott Hill explains. "There are a few 'quiet' moments, but those are rare. I grew up on hardcore - punk rock bands from '80 to '85 - so I definitely think those influences are showing up a little more. There are some straightforward rock riffs on there as well. Overall, it's a very full, heavy and fuzzy-sounding record." Limited edition 180g vinyl of 500 copies courtesy of Beat Generation.