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FU MANCHU Return With New Double Album, The Return of Tomorrow

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, April 1, 2024 @ 11:47 AM


Coming June 14th; First Single "Hands of The Zodiac" Now Streaming

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Photo Credit: Thom Cooper

Groundbreaking pioneers of SoCal desert rock FU MANCHU, have announced details of their forthcoming, 14th album, The Return of Tomorrow, which will be released on June 14th via the band's label At The Dojo Records.

FU MANCHU's follow up to the critically lauded Clone of The Universe (2018) and their first ever double album is a sonic journey through massively heavy riffage, otherworldly space jams and mellow rock anthems divided into two records.

A 4,000 unit limited edition double vinyl version of The Return of Tomorrow pressed at 45RPM and packaged in a glossy gatefold jacket with one "Space" colored LP and one "Sky" colored LP is available now for pre-order with an exclusive merch design here: https://lnk.to/FuManchu_HandsOfTheZodiac

Commenting on the impending record, founding guitarist and vocalist Scott Hill says:

"When I listen to music, it's either all heavy stuff with no mellow stuff mixed in or just softer stuff with no heavy stuff. I know a lot of bands like to mix it up and we have done that before, but I always tend to listen to all of one type of thing or the other. So, I figured we should do a double record with 7 heavy fuzzy songs on one record and the other record 6 mellow(er) songs fully realizing that maybe I'm the only person that likes to listen to stuff that way. We kept both the records to around 25-30 minutes each as to make it a full length release, but not have each record be too long. We don't write a lot of mellow(er) stuff in Fu Manchu, but a lot of the riffs worked minus the fuzz. If you're a vinyl person, both records are pressed at 45rpm to give it the best sound quality. If you're a digital person, can make your own playlist and mix both the records together."

Today, the band reveals the album's artwork, track list and first single, "Hands of The Zodiac", a heavy, fuzzed out jam replete with scorching guitar solos meant to be cranked at maximum volume.

Adding about the single, Hill sates: ""Hands Of The Zodiac" is about an astrologer friend of mine who would always ask if we wanted to know anything about our future whenever we would hangout. He would look to the stars at night and ramble off all these weird predictions, none of which ever came true. He would say 'zodiac hands' and face the palm of his hand at you. I would always try to remember the things he said and almost every line in the song is something he said. For example, 'Wheels / Motion / So Impressed,' is based on how he talked about my writing songs / practicing / touring with the band ( 'you got those wheels in motion)' and Fu Manchu's accomplishments ('so impressed.') I guess I should have given him a writing credit."

The Return of Tomorrow Track List:

  • "Dehumanize"
  • "Loch Ness Wrecking Machine"
  • "Hands Of The Zodiac"
  • "Haze The Hides"
  • "Roads Of The Lowly"
  • "(Time Is) Pulling You Under"
  • "Destroyin' Light"
  • "Lifetime Waiting"
  • "Solar Baptized"
  • "What I Need"
  • "The Return Of Tomorrow"
  • "Liquify"
  • "High Tide"
Also announced today, FU MANCHU will embark on European tours in June and October, including performances at festivals Graspop Metal Meeting, Copenhell and Hellfest. All upcoming tour dates listed below. Tickets available at https://www.fu-manchu.com/tour-dates.

FU MANCHU Tour Dates:

  • May 18 - Vancouver, BC - Modified Ghost 2024
  • June 15 - Tampere, FI - Tavara-asema
  • June 17 - Stockholm, SE - Slaktkyrkan
  • June 18 - Oslo, NO - Vulkan Arena
  • June 19 - Malmo, SE - Plan B
  • June 21 - Dessel, BE - Graspop Metal Meeting
  • June 22 - Copenhagen, DK - Copenhell
  • June 24 - Osnabruck, DE - Lagerhalle
  • June 25 - Cologne, DE - Stollwerck
  • June 26 - Frankfurt, DE - Batschkapp
  • June 28 - Clisson, FR - Hellfest (Valley Stage)
  • Oct 12 - Munich, DE - Keep It Low Festival @ Backstage
  • Oct 13 - Berlin, DE - Heavy Psych Sounds Fest @ Huxleys
  • Oct 15 - Vienna, AT - Arena
  • Oct 16 - Aarau, CH - KIFF
  • Oct 18 - Luxembourg City, LU - Atelier
  • Oct 19 - Antwerp, BE - Desertfest Belgium
  • Oct 21 - Manchester, UK - O2 Ritz
  • Oct 22 - Bristol, UK - Marble Factory
  • Oct 23 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
  • Oct 25 - Masstricht, NL - Musiekgeiterj
  • Oct 26 - Hamburg, DE - Lazy Bones Festival @ Markthalle
  • Oct 27 - Dresden, DE - Heavy Psych Sounds Fest @ Chemiefabrik


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