Fu Manchu To Celebrate 15th Anniversary Of ‘In Search Of…’ Album   Leave a comment

For many people the band that got them into “Stoner-Rock” was Fu Manchu” along with Kyuss of course and for many people, the first album they heard was “In Search Of.” Fu Manchu don’t make albums like that one anymore and “In Search Of” remains a classic album in the genre. Over-loaded with fuzz, energy and a spacey, jammy vibe, the album has stood the test of time. The line-up at the time included Ruben Romano on drums and dishing out the wild solos was Eddie Glass, these two left just after the albums release citing personal and musical differences with guitarist, vocalist Scott Hill. They were replaced by Brant Bjork and Bob Balch, respectively. I first heard “In Search Of” while high on acid, burning down a highway at 120, that experience alone still stands out as one of the musical highlights of my life ! It was the album that got me hooked to the band and I stayed that way up to the release of “California Crossing,” the change of sound that was displayed on that album signaled the end of an era for the band in my opinion. Their more recent albums are still very good but the original magic is now gone and you certainly don’t hear the psychedelic wailing like you did when Eddie Glass was in the band. However, I was thrilled to read that Fu Manchu are going on tour to play this album in full, from start to finish. Here is the story from Blabbermouth

Southern California’s heavy fuzz rock legends FU MANCHU will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their major label debut, “In Search Of…” The hardworking group will be undertaking a headlining tour with a set comprised of the entire album from start to finish. Many of these songs will be performed live for the first time ever.

On March 1, FU MANCHU will make “In Search Of…” available as a 180-gram vinyl reissue on the band’s own At The Dojo Records worldwide. The band will also be selling the reissue at these shows as well as on CD. On March 2, FU MANCHU will launch its European trek in the U.K. A full listing of the 26-city, 13-country, four-week tour can be seen on the poster below.

Recorded at Grandmaster Studios in Hollywood, California by the band and Brian Jenkins (KYUSS, SCREAMING TREES) and mastered by Eddy Schreyer (SLAYER, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, BAD RELIGION, ALICE IN CHAINS), “In Search Of…” was the band’s first effort for Mammoth Records. This 12-track collection is considered a classic of the ’90s and a pillar for the “stoner rock” movement. Highlights include the lead single “Asphalt Risin'”, “Redline” and fan favorite “Cyclone Launch”.

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.”

“I can’t believe that it has been 15 years since we recorded ‘In Search Of…’,” states FU MANCHU vocalist/guitarist Scott Hill. “We are stoked to be playing these tunes for the fans and will be doing a few of them for the first time ever and maybe the last.”

The band intends to replicate the classic album experience in upcoming tours with subsequent albums and their companion vinyl reissues. FU MANCHU will also tour the U.S. for “In Search Of…15 Years” later in 2011. Details are expected to be announced in the near future.

In addition to Hill, FU MANCHU features guitarist Bob Balch, bassist Brad Davis and drummer Scott Reeder.

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Posted December 24, 2010 by doommantia in Fu Manchu

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