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After a string of seven-inch singles, Fu Manchu released their full-length debut in 1994 on Bong Load, the L.A.-based record label that was also home to such California misfits as Beck. Where Fu Manchu borrowed from heavy rock forbearers like The Melvins, they were the first to make the music fun rather than confrontational. The quartet had grown up in the '70s on the beaches of Orange County, and to them, these squalling riffs reflected a spirit of stoned merriment and surfside flair. It’s a party album, without a doubt—one that swings as often as it attacks.

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Building steam...

Every band, well, every good band, has that "a-ha!" moment when they know they found their sound. It sounds as if the band found it, then immediately recorded it. The riffs are good, but better ones will follow and the songs are good, get where I'm headed. But either way, the vibe was established.

Southern California guys playing big, simple riffs out of fuzzy guitars. It's totally real and totally genius.


Formed: 1989 in Orange County, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Southern California's Fu Manchu began crafting heavy, psychedelic-tinged rock in 1990 with their debut single, "Kept Between Trees." Throughout the early '90s the group honed their sound on similarly intense singles, and released their debut album, No One Rides for Free, in 1994 on Bong Load Records. Daredevil, also on Bong Load, followed in 1995. The group switched to Mammoth Records for their 1996 album In Search Of...; the next year, founding members Scott Hill (vocals, guitars) and Brad Davis...
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