We Must Obey, the new album from Southern California fuzz-rockers FU MANCHU, is now available for streaming at the band's official MySpace page, [www.myspace.com/fumanchu](www.myspace.com/fumanchu). It will remain posted until the album's Feb. 20 street date.
Vocalist, guitarist and founding member Scott Hill describes the record as his "favorite FU MANCHU album from start to finish," but he also acknowledges that it represents an angrier and more aggressive side of the band than some might expect. "The title We Must Obey is a big 'Fuck you' to people who like to tell us what we can and can't do," he says. "It's not specifically directed at any one person, just at the thought of someone thinking that they know what's best for you, more than you knowing what's best for you. That theme runs through the entire record.
"It's a pissed-off sounding record," Hill continues. "There are a few 'quiet' moments, but those are rare. I grew up on hardcore - punk rock bands from '80 to '85 - so I definitely think those influences are showing up a little more. There are some straightforward rock riffs on there as well. Overall, it's a very full, heavy and fuzzy-sounding record."
The band's tenth album (and Century Media/Liquor and Poker debut), We Must Obey - praised by Decibel as the band's "best set of riffs in years" - was recorded at Hollywood's Grandmaster Recorders studio (Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Black Crowes). Finishing touches were added by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering (Velvet Revolver, Pennywise, Rev. Horton Heat).
In addition to the songs "Hung Out To Dry" and "Between The Lines" - both currently available on the limited-edition Hung Out To Dry EP - the album includes a cover of The Cars' classic "Moving In Stereo."
In other news, FU MANCHU will film a video for "Hung Out To Dry" in Los Angeles this weekend with director Lucas Heyne (Master P, Tsar, Switchfoot). Look for it to premiere shortly after the band kicks off a six-week U.S. tour on Feb. 28. See the tour section for the complete itinerary.