According to a June 5 posting on their Myspace blog, Fu Manchu have signed with Liquor & Poker Records, whose roster currently includes The Hellacopters, Nebula, and Scott Reeder among others.
Guitarist Scott Hill reports that he and his band mates will head into Grandmaster Recorders (the studio where they recorded the bands seminal works, In Search Of... and The Action Is Go) later this week to record thirteen new songs and three covers. According to Hill, the covers slated to make the album are Moving In Stereo (The Cars), Who Are You (Void), and D.O.A. (Van Halen). Hill adds that he hopes to get one of [his] favorite singers to sign [sic] on a song or two as well, but neglects to mention any names, fueling speculation.
This album promises to be a return to Fu Manchus fuzzed out roots, as Hill reports that [both] bob [Balch, guitarist] and I have pulled out the old fuzz pedals and old marshall and mesa boogie amps. The as-of-yet untitled album is tentatively scheduled for an early 2007 release, and may be preceded by a limited edition EP later this year.
Hill also divulges plans for the possible re-release of early, out of print fu manchu records in the near future including an expanded version of Something Beyond with three unreleased songs recorded during the same session. Additionally, Hill stated that a DVD may be in the works. More details will come once we know them.