A CHAT WITH STONER ROCK PIONEERS FU MANCHU AND THEIR 12TH RECORD CLONE OF THE UNIVERSE.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to present to its readers an exclusive interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with Scott Hill from FU MANCHU stoner rock veterans.
We are catching up with the band after the review we have edited in premiere for CLONE OF THE UNIVERSE, their latest masterpiece out on February 9th, 2018 via the label owned by FU MANCHU, At The Dojo Records. Our track by track review for the record is available at: www.sickandsound.it/fu-manchu-clone-of-the-universe-veterani-dellhard-rock-alla-soglia-del-dodicesimo-album .
- CLONE OF THE UNIVERSE is your twelfth record and follow up of Gigantoid dating back to 2014. Has your sound moved to a new direction and how has the songwriting changed since your previous record?
No new direction…..a lot of fuzz and heaviness. Same as before where every song starts with a riff. Then we build from there.
- What’s the inspiration for such an iconic title chosen for Clone Of The Universe album, and what’s the message that Fu Manchu would love to spread to its listeners?
No message. At least nothing really important. A lot of sci-fi type space travel stuff.
- I would love to discuss more on the lyrical themes in Clone Of The Universe and your approach to them.
Space travel, isolation…..searching for????
- Almost three decades of music and twelve albums released investing the role of stoner rock pioneers. In what measure have your music soundscape and audience changed over the last 30 years, and what’s the secret of survival and still be able to bring out masterpieces such as Clone Of The Universe?
For me its I have to be having a good time playing. That’s it. It’s always been a good time. Once that stops I will stop.
- How did your label At the Dojo Records come to life and what was the inspiration for it?
We just figured that it was time to try to release our own records by ourselves. We all take on different things but new all work together.
- How was working on the production with Andrew Giacumakis from MOAB?
Andrew is a good dude with a good ear. He knows what we are looking for sound wise. Plus we all love his band MOAB. We also worked with Jim Monroe and he also had great ideas for us as well.
- Il Mostro Atomico is a centerpiece for Clone Of The Universe. In the song there’s a wicked collaboration from Alex Lifeson from Rush. This is a multidimensional, dynamic and very complex track showing off all of your incredible technique. What’s been the inspiration behind including a side long song in the album and how was it created?
It came about after we already had 10-15 new songs written for the new record and we still had a lot of riffs that we really liked. Instead of Turing them into full songs we kept our favorite riffs and put them together to for one song. A lot of listening to the songs and trying to arrange it different ways until we were happy with the final arrangement.
- Why choosing such an impactful title by making use of the Italian language for Il Mostro Atomico?
I saw that title on an old movie poster and I thought it would make a great title…..
- I would love to go deeper into Slower Than Light song as being one of my favorites off Clone Of The Universe album. This is a very liquid, mellifluous track moving towards sludge changing its tempo towards a most engaging groove after the bridge including a bass solo. Let’s talk about the mindset leading to this song and its songwriting process.
We always like to do some cool bass lines / riff with mellow effects over it and always like to go from mellow to heavy. This was one of the first songs that we wrote for the new record. The ending part where the bass plays by itself was originally a guitar playing that part then everyone came in but brad was playing that part on bass a minute before we recorded the song and I thought it would sound cooler if the bass played that part. So we changed it a minute before we recorded that song.
- We would love you to share with us two memorable moments across your long career with Fu Manchu during a recording or tour live session.
Every time we can get out and play live it a memorable time for us….we love to turn up the amps so live it where it’s at for us……
- Any thrilling news and upcoming project revelations to give to our readers?
Might be looking at something cool for 2020 as that will be our 30 year anniversary as Fu Manchu……
Thank you for your time and a massive good luck for your upcoming world tour starting with California on Feb 9th, 2018. We are very thrilled in supporting you into Europe!
Scott Hill / Fu Manchu
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