Fu Manchu : California Crossing

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Fu Manchu  : California Crossing

8 / 10 So in case you were still unaware of Fu Manchu's unchallenged status as the


most genetically perfect, slacker-Utopia stoner rock band alive, the sleeve


of their fifth LP nails it once more. A surfboard pokes out the back of a


customised Chevy as two tanned 'chicks' loiter seductively; you can feel


your hair getting longer while looking at this. Brilliantly, 'California


Crossing' sounds as its artwork looks.








Accordingly, it sounds virtually identical to every single thing they've


ever done. And no Fu Manchu fan would want it any other way. It's 40


unwavering minutes of AC/DC-ZZ Top-Mudhoney chemical mutation rock called


things like 'Ampn'' and 'The Wasteoid'.








Subject matter this time around consists of - in rough order - aliens,


bikes, cars, skateboards, bikes and skateboards. The crux of the issue


being, of course, that Scott Hill could be drawling the ingredients on the


back of a Coke can and it would still encapsulate a probably non-existent


mid-'70s golden era.








Quite why anyone needs five Fu Manchu records is a moot point, but this


is as good a place to start as any. They are the stoned Ramones, a matey


Motorhead: a band who can rewrite that album into the infinite future and


rule perpetually.








Noel Gardner

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