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Fu Manchu | Fu30, Pt.1

The SoCal muscle-car rock crew fire up the first of three 30th-anniversary EPs.

All revved up with no place to go? Burn rubber vicariously with the help of San Clemente stoner-rock vets Fu Manchu and their high-octane EP Fu30 Pt. 1. The first of three 10″ EPs the long-serving quartet are releasing this year to mark their 30th anniversary, this musical three-stroke engine opens with two new original blasts of their hard-driving muscle-car guitar-rock, complete with all the fuzz-pedal stomping and cowbell plonking required by brah law. And speaking of bros: Rounding out the set is a gear-grinding slow-mo cover of The Doobie BrothersTakin’ It To The Streets — which also explains the Doobies homage in the EP’s nostalgic cover art. Take this message to your brother — and tell him to stay tuned for Part 2 down the road.

THE PRESS RELEASE: “The first instalment in Fu Manchu’s 30th Anniversary vinyl 10” series, Fu30, Pt.1, includes 2 new original Fu Manchu songs, as well as a cover of The Doobie BrothersTakin’ It To The Streets. The band will be releasing 2 more editions in this 10” series over this year making a total of 30” of new Fu Manchu music for the Fu30 anniversary. Each release will include 2 new original compositions and a newly recorded cover. Like the band’s most recent album, Clone Of The Universe, Fu30, Pt. 1 was recorded at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, California by Jim Monroe (Adolescents, Ignite) and co-produced with Fu Manchu. This limited edition 2500 unit run is pressed on translucent orange sunshine vinyl at 45 RPM for maximum heaviness with a package design that pays homage to the cover of The Doobie Brothers’ original single.”