Fu Manchu

Fu Manchu

16, Yidhra

Fri, March 31, 2017

8:00 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

Fu Manchu
Fu Manchu
Originally formed in 1985 as a Black Flag-influenced hardcore punk band called Virulence, FU MANCHU has since become one of hard rock's most celebrated names. The band released its first single "Kept Between Trees" in 1990 and in the years following, helped give rise to a celebrated style of heavy music tagged "stoner rock" alongside peers such as Kyuss, Monster Magnet and Sleep. Since its inception, the quartet has built itself a fanatical army of loyal enthusiasts all drawn to the group's ridiculously catchy, unpretentious music, guitar-driven sound and carefree lyrics centered on "old muscle cars, choppers, vans, skateboarding and science fiction." Over their career, the band has released 11 albums and has performed to sold out audiences all over the world.

"a transcendent distillation of Seventies rock heaviness and Eighties punk aggression…what Black Sabbath would sound like with suntans and a fleet of dune buggies at their disposal…the ultimate desert-rock " - ROLLING STONE

"stoner-rock icons… unyielding, heavy-rock" - SPIN

"melodic smoke-soaked bluesy-metal" - THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Invoking the legendary thunder of Blue Cheer as well as the clanging cowbell boogie of Mountain, this quartet creates a near-perfect facsimile of circa-'71 heavy rock. " – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"flawless…(a) Frankenstein monster from the discarded body parts of Black Sabbath and less obvious influences such as ZZ Top, Devo and the Cars." – MTV NEWS

"The amped-up sounds of four asphalt-tearin', Vans-wearin' dudes engrossed in their perpetual search for the perfect wave and the perfect riff. The music of FU MANCHU may be loud and unruly enough to send your average pop geek ducking for cover behind a stack of Emitt Rhodes LPs, but it's also as purely Californian as anything Brian Wilson ever recorded. " – LA WEEKLY

"In the great scheme of things, FU MANCHU stands proud in the decades-old tradition of cock-rock, a lineage which includes the likes of Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Masters Of Reality, Quicksand, ad infinitum…a stiff dose of full-on hedonism to wash away the bad taste of bland alternative bands." – THE ONION
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-(16)- is a Sludge Metal band from Los Angeles California that is currently signed to Relapse Records. Their latest album, Deep Cuts from Dark Clouds was released in 2012.

The band -(16)- was formed in Santa Ana, Ca. by Bobby Ferry (guitar), Cris Jerue (vocals), and Jason Corley (drums) in 1992. Finding a lasting bass player was a problem until Tony Baumeister joined in 1993. The band's first full-length album entitled "Curves That Kick" was released in 1993 on legendary artist Pushead's label "Bacteria Sour." Working with Pushead enabled the band to have the album released in Japan, as well as the opportunity to tour Japan, which happened in the summer of 1994. The band then did select live dates with Slayer, the Melvins, Unsane, Jawbreaker. The follow-up record "Drop Out" was relased by Pessimiser/Theologian records in 1996 (although it was recorded nearly two years earlier). It received critical acclaim, but the band did not tour, and only performed locally and semi-locally.

Jason Corley was ejected from the band at the end of 1994, and replaced by Andy Hassler. Phil Vera was also added as a 2nd guitarist. The band released "Blaze of Incompetence" in 1997 (again on Pessimiser/Theologian), and did a US tour with Grief in 1998. Andy Hassler was fired shortly after the tour. R.D. Davies replaced Andy, but he overdosed on heroin 6 months later and was replaced by Mark Sanger. The next album, "Zoloft Smile," was recorded in 1999/2000, but wasn't released until 2002 by At A Loss Recordings. By the time the album was actually released, Bobby and Tony had both quit the band. The rest of the guys carried on with Phil being the lone guitar player. Nial McGaughey and later, Rafa Martinez (Black Cobra) handled bass duties. Phil took over vocal duties in 2003, after Cris was forced to go to rehab for alcohol and drug dependency. The band toured the US and Japan as a three-piece (Phil, Mark, Rafa), until calling it quits in 2004.

The band reunited in 2007 (Bobby, Cris, Jason, Tony) and subsequently got a deal with Relapse Records. Their Relapse debut, "Bridges to Burn," was relased in Jan. 2009. The band parted ways with Jason Corley again (notice a pattern), and recruited Mateo Pinkerton (ex Buzzov-en, Crom) as their new drummer. They have toured Europe twice, played the Hellfest in France. In early 2012 they released their album "Deep cuts from Dark Clouds" and toured the eastern US with label mates Tombs. In 2013 Dion Thurman came in as new drummer and Barney Firks came in as a new bass player.In 2014 the played Roadburn, toured Europe, played the Day of the Shred and Southwest Terror festivals in the U.S. We shared the stage with a bunch of amazing bands like Bl'ast, Neurosis, Nails, Indian, The Shrine, Inter Arma, Noothgrush, Grime, Graves at Sea, ASG, and a crapload of bands I'm forgetting. Currently -(16)- is writing new songs, planning tours and playing regional live shows.
Yidhra
YIDHRA wields and conveys the immense power to immerse their audiences into a vast sonic soundscape wrought with heavy riffs, grooves that ebb and flow like the oceans and vocals that shift from gut wrenching terror to blissful tranquility. In a world where rock has become watered down, manufactured and studio manipulated, Yidhra's approach is a return to the days when heavy music was about true expression, raw emotions and powerfully catchy kick ass songs. Yidhra's full length, 9-song album "Hexed" stands as a monument to those ideals and was pushed to even greater heights with the help of legendary producer Bill Metoyer. Bill, who has recorded the likes of Slayer, Corrosion of Conformity, Trouble, D.R.I., Sacred Reich, Hirax, Dark Angel, Morbid Angel, BL'AST and many more, helped sow the seeds of Doom with Yidhra and now they are ready to reap their bountiful harvest. Yidhra is the future of Doom Metal, one of the bands most likely to be positioned along side Saint Vitus, Electric Wizard, Trouble and Candlemass in the Doom Metal Throne Room.
Venue Information:
Alex's Bar
2913 E Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA, 90804
http://www.alexsbar.com/