Fu Manchu @ Corporation Review
Exposed reviews Fu Manchu at Corporation on September 25.
Like many my age, the soundtrack to the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games had a big impact on my musical taste growing up – and I first heard Fu Manchu while skating around in-game. Musically, these guys mix the riffs of Black Sabbath with the California sunshine, and their lyrics are mostly about cars and space – if just for nostalgic reasons, I had to see them on their first visit to Sheffield.
Supports for the night were local riff merchants Goat Leaf and then an American duo called Bloodnstuff – with loads of energy and an impressive set of epic/heavy songs I'd definitely want to catch them again.
Fu Manchu have actually been around since 1985, but vocalist/guitarist Scott Hill still dresses like a young skater dude… and sounds like one too.
Having amassed quite a collection of Marshall stacks over the years, the wall of noise hit me as soon as the band started up. To the casual observer, Fu Manchu's music might seem a little basic, but there's an undeniable wallop that makes them stand out. Combining tracks from their most recent album Gigantoid, with all the old faves, this was one very groovy, satisfying gig.
Joe E. Allen.