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Album of the Day: Fu Manchu – Gigantoid

Posted on Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It’s been a long five years since SoCal fuzz rock progenitors Fu Manchu released their last album. Like its 2007 predecessor, We Must Obey, 2009′s Signs of Infinite Power had a huge, encompassing sound, the trademark heft in Scott Hill and Bob Balch‘s guitars and Brad Davis‘ bass bolstered by production largesse that, while certainly not short on an appeal of its own, did little to convey the enduring affection for classic West Coast punk in Fu Manchu‘s approach.

fu manchu - gigantoid

Released on their own At the Dojo Records and arriving preceded by the late-2013 Scion A/V single ‘Robotic Invasion’, Gigantoid readjusts the balance. The four-piece of Hill, Balch, Davis and drummer Scott Reeder recorded with Moab guitarist / vocalist Andrew Giacumakis, and like Moab‘s own debut, the result on Gigantoid boasts a natural but still vibrant feel, raw in comparison to what Fu Manchu have done their last few times out even going back to 2004′s Start the Machine and 2001′s California Crossing, but still definitely their own style.

A campaign the last few years of marking album anniversaries for their earlier works — touring playing whole records like their 1996 and ’97 classics, In Search Of… and The Action is Go, and reissuing those along with demos for California Crossing and their 1994 debut, No One Rides for Free – has undeniably had an impact on the direction of Gigantoid‘s nine tracks, and in just under 35 vinyl-ready minutes, Fu Manchu hone a sound that’s not a cloying play at recapturing the magic of their first couple records, but which takes that feel and couples it with the now-decades-long development in their songwriting.

As their fans know, a lot of the Fu Manchu aesthetic isn’t up for debate. They’re not a band who want to reinvent themselves with each release, and as much as one can trace a gradual development over their full-lengths and put any number of narratives to it, the core of heavy, grooved-out fuzz (plus the occasional ’80s cover) remains steadfast in what they do. And as much as the production seems like a left turn outside the context of their exploration through past outings, that’s the case throughout the bulk of Gigantoid as well.

Continue reading: THE OBELISK – REVIEW: Fu Manchu, Gigantoid
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)

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Kyuss Retrospective

Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2009

Increasingly over the last five years, you’re likely to hear the name of Kyuss cropping up in interviews, album liner notes and even sometimes on radio shows. The reverence that Kyuss is held in is starting to approach mammoths such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix or contemporaries Nirvana. […]

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