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Fu Manchu is a Southern Californian band, who released their debut single “Kept Between Trees” in 1990. They have been featured on compilations put together by Tony Hawk and ESPN’s X Games, and invited to perform on the US television program Monster Garage. They are featured in the video game The BIGS 2.

Fu Manchu originally formed in 1985 as a hardcore punk band called Virulence. The line up was vocalist Ken Pucci, guitarist Scott Hill, bassist Mark Abshire, and drummer Ruben Romano. In 1987 Abshire left the band and was replaced by Greg McCaughey. They recorded their debut LP If This Isn’t a Dream… in 1988, which was released on Alchemy Records (1989). In 1990, Pucci left the band and was replaced by vocalist Glenn Chivens, and they changed their name to Fu Manchu. Soon after they released the “Kept Between Trees” 7 inch single on Slap A Ham Records. McCaughey was replaced by Mark Abshire. Chivens also left the band around this time for unknown reasons. Rather than search for a new vocalist, Scott Hill added lead vocalist to his guitar duties. To compensate, Scott Votaw was recruited as lead guitarist. In 1992, Fu Manchu released three 7 inch singles: “Senioritis,” “Pick Up Summer,” and “Don’t Bother Knockin’ (If This Vans Rockin’)”. In 1993, Votaw left the band and was replaced by lead guitarist Eddie Glass, who had previously played drums in the band Olivelawn.

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  • MisterJunior

    @onecanofcoke You're basically correct that their sound hasn't varied much from album to album (although there are minor variations if you pay close attention; their earliest stuff tended to be more monolithic and less song-based, where since California Crossing or perhaps a bit earlier they've got more of a classic rock-inflected, song-oriented style) but there are plenty of great bands who don't necessarily specialize in variety and artistic growth, i..e. the Ramones and Motorhead. Fu Manchu may not be spectacular all of the time but their familiarity breeds consistent dependability, which can be comforting and welcome.

    2 Dec 9:52pm Reply
  • Overdrive777

    супер мега ахуєнний гурт !!!

    18 Oct 10:32am Reply
  • mark4all

    Оооооооооочень круууууууто )))

    21 Sep 5:29pm Reply
  • MultiverseMann

    LOVE their new album!!!

    25 Aug 6:02am Reply
  • onecanofcoke

    Fu Macnhu seems like a great band until you realise they have the same sound throughout ALL albums...

    15 Aug 1:49pm Reply
  • xGrouchx

    normalnie pazani washe

    28 Jul 6:44pm Reply
  • kyusslover

    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/desert-age

    26 Jul 1:59am Reply
  • SamBeters

    Hell yeah!

    22 Jul 2:14pm Reply
  • BeSpont

    A! WE! SOME!

    24 May 8:01am Reply
  • volimsir

    Goddammit, the new album kicks so much ass. But their sound definitely got way punker and aggressive. I'm half-expecting the next album to be a hardcore punk one (No Warning shreds) I liked them as a groovier band, I like them like this too. But No One Rides For Free is still my favorite.

    15 May 10:48pm Reply
  • DerMitlogger

    Gigantoid is a masterstroke from Fu Manchu again!!!

    9 May 10:53am Reply
  • cryptic-death

    new albums killer!

    7 May 3:34am Reply
  • KamDiv

    Gigantoid kicks ass [2]. Nice comeback by one of the grooviest bands in the genre.

    6 May 4:51pm Reply
  • iPowder

    Gigantoid: Shit's good! |m|

    5 May 2:35pm Reply
  • ABHORRANCE666

    Gigantoid kicks ass. It's hard to put my finger on why its so good, but must attention grabbing since California Crossing.

    30 Apr 10:42pm Reply
  • yodaman5606

    Gigantoid is wildly different from everything else they've done it... I'm loving as I love all their stuff and I will enjoy seeing them again tonight.

    30 Apr 6:05pm Reply
  • tcallahan

    Hoping that Evolution Machine, for example, becomes a mainstay of the live set. Feeling truly excited about this band for the first time in nearly fifteen years.

    30 Apr 4:59pm Reply
  • Volcomaestro

    It's not the same music at all. They've definitely employed a more punk-like urgency since 'We Must Obey' and also added a slightly doomy feel to some of their riffs. I can't really see any of the songs on 'Gigantoid' fitting in well on 'In Search Of' for example. It must be so hard to be in a band cos you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. Stick to your 'sound' and you're just accused of churning the same stuff out over and over. Experiment and change your sound too much and you risk alienating your original hardcore fans and at worst selling out!

    30 Apr 12:14pm Reply
  • sp0q

    It can't be the same cause I consider it the first one good enough since California Crossing.

    29 Apr 11:13am Reply
  • zkl2wwa

    Because you don't fix it if it isn't broken. New album stream: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/fu-manchu-gigantoid-album-stream

    29 Apr 10:57am Reply
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