Fu Manchu: Hands Of The Zodiac

Fu Manchu have announced that their upcoming album, The Return Of Tomorrow, will consist of two discs. Set to be released on June 14th, 2024 via their own label At The Dojo Records, one record will showcase the band's heavier, gritty and fuzzy sound, while the other will explore their more mellow style.

When I listen to music, it’s either all heavy stuff with no mellow stuff mixed in or just softer stuff with no heavy stuff,” explains singer and guitarist Scott Hill. ​“I know a lot of bands like to mix it up, and we have done that before, but I always tend to listen to all of one type of thing or the other. So, I figured we should do a double record with seven heavy, fuzzy songs on one record, and the other record six mellow(er) songs, fully realising that maybe I’m the only person that likes to listen to music that way. 

We kept both the records to around 25 – 30 minutes each to make it a full-length release, but not have each record be too long. We don’t write a lot of mellow(er) stuff in Fu Manchu, but a lot of the riffs worked minus the fuzz.” 

New single, Hands Of The Zodiac, embodies the band's signature heavy, psychedelic stoner rock tone, delivering a punchy and dynamic sound.

Hands Of The Zodiac is about an astrologer friend of mine who would always ask if we wanted to know anything about our future whenever we would hang out,” Hill describes. ​“He would look to the stars at night and ramble off all these weird predictions, none of which ever came true. He would say ​‘Zodiac Hands’ and face the palm of his hand at you. I would always try to remember the things he said and almost every line in the song is something he said. For example, ​‘Wheels / Motion / So Impressed’ is based on how he talked about my writing songs/practising /touring with the band (“you got those wheels in motion”) and Fu Manchu’s accomplishments (“so impressed”). I guess I should have given him a writing credit.

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