Fu Manchu releasing new LP; going on 2018 tour

California stoner rockers Fu Manchu have confirmed plans to unleash their twelfth studio full-length, Clone of the Universe, on February 9th through At The Dojo Records. The impending album marks the band’s first LP release since 2014’s Gigantoid. Stay tuned for more album details and a pre-order link.

Here’s more info via the official announcement:

Clone Of The Universe marks a new chapter for the “fuzz rock” pioneers as they mix the straight ahead blistering rock with unexpected time shifts, featuring tracks like the roaring cuts “Don’t Panic” and “(I’ve Been) Hexed” and the dynamically complex “Clone of the Universe” and “Slower Than Light.” The centerpiece of the album is “IL Mostro Atomico,” an 18 minute 8 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 4 distinct sections, it’s new ground for a band that’s been pushing the boundaries of “fuzz and wah” since its formation in 1990.

In support of the new record, Fu Manchu have announced a word tour, kicking off with a pair of record release shows in California and continuing with a full run through Europe in March and a hike through the U.S. in May. As part of the stateside shows, the band perform in Manhattan at Bowery Ballroom on May 12 [TIX go on sale 12/8].

Speaking of the run, Fu Manchu vocalist/guitarist Scott Hill states:

We are excited to get out and play this stuff, especially “Il Mostro Atomico.” 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.

Tour dates, Clone Of The Universe‘s track listing and more continue below.

Fu Manchu live:

9.Feb – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
10.Feb – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
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2.March – Paris, France – Le Trabendo
3.March – Hengelo, Netherlands – Metropol
5.March – Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg
6.March – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
7.March – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
8.March – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis
10.March – Helsinki, Finland – Nosturi
11.March – Riga, Latvia – Meina Piekdiena
13.March – Warsaw, Poland – Poglos
14.March – Prague, Czech Republic – Klub 007
15.March – Vienna, Austria – Arena
16.March – Budapest, Hungary – A38
18.March – Zurich, Switzerland – Mascotte
19.March – Bern, Switzerland – Dachstock
20.March – Munich, Germany – Hansa 39
21.March – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
23.March – Hamburg, Germany – Markhalle
24.March – Cologne, Germany – Bürgerhaus Stollwerck
25.March – Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat
26.March – Leuven, Belgium – Depot
27.March – London, England – 02 Academy Islington
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1.May – Phoenix, Arizona – Rebel Lounge
3.May – Dallas, Texas – Curtain Club
4.May – Austin, Texas – Barracuda
5.May – Houston, Texas – White Oak
7.May – Atlanta, Georgia – Vinyl
8.May – Raleigh, North Carolina – Kings
9.May – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
11.May – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Underground Arts
12.May – New York, New York – Bowery Ballroom
13.May – Boston, Massachusetts – Brighton Music Hall
15.May – Cleveland, Ohio – Grog Shop
16.May – Columbus, Ohio – Ace of Cups
17.May – Detroit, Michigan – El Club
19.May – Chicago, Illinois – Bottom Lounge
22.May – Denver, Colorado – Streets of London Pub
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Clone Of The Universe Track Listing:
Intelligent Worship (3:08)
(I’ve Been) Hexed (2:48)
Don’t Panic (2:05)
Slower Than Light (3:26)
Nowhere Left To Hide (4:19)
Clone Of The Universe (2:58)
IL Mostro Atomico (18:08)

Band pic by John Gilhooley