Fu Manchu – Tickets – The Casbah – San Diego – San Diego, CA – March 24th, 2017

Fu Manchu

Casbah presents

Fu Manchu

16, The Freeks

Fri, March 24, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

The Casbah - San Diego

San Diego, CA

$13.00 - $15.00

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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
16
-(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.
The Freeks
The Freeks sophomore effort comes at you "Full On" and proudly proclaims, The Freeks are back for more! The Freeks return to the raw essentials of their punk rock roots and mix it with their stoner rock legacy to create a fresh blend of high-octane psychedelic punk rock'n'roll!

"This album can't be recommended enough. The spaced jams are free and tight. The punk jams are tight but loose. The whole thing is fun!" – Heavyplanet.net

The energy and spontaneity of The Freeks highly acclaimed live performance can be heard on Full On thanks to the fact that the core 7 tracks of the album were captured on the first take! The band has recently delivered their blistering live show alongside acts such as Mudhoney, Fu Manchu and Honky.

Full On was pre-funded and launched via Kickstarter through an ever growing "Loyal Order of The Freeks" fan base. Several college and web radio stations have featured Full On in its entirety, uncut and uninterrupted. In addition, the young album has been awarded with enthusiastic reviews from various heavy rock publications and blogs.

"'Full On' is a spectacular offering!" – Vincebus Eruptum

"The incendiary rock'n'roll of the Motor City Five + the burning attack of The Stooges have left a burning legacy that few bands have ever managed to equal. But – and this is a big "but" – The Freeks have taken the banner and produced an album full of passion and high-octane punk rock'n'roll that many bands have tried before but never with such results as this." – Black Insect Laughter

Led by Ruben Romano (founding member of FuManchu and Nebula) and supported by Bob Lee on drums (Mike Watt, Backbiter), Tom Davies on bass (Nebula), Esteban Chavez on keys, and Jonathan Hall on guitar (Angry Samoans, Backbiter), the band has created an energized and timeless album in Full On that is crafting its own fiery and psychedelic legacy with every spin.

"VE readers know very well that the band of Ruben Romano (founding member of FuManchu and Nebula) is a favourite of this reviewer and I've been waiting for 'Full On' for a long time. I want to start saying that my expectations have been outdone." – Vincebus Eruptum

The Freeks were conceived in 2007 when Romano contacted a handful of talented friends from across the globe including Jack Endino, John McBain (Monster Magnet), Scott Reeder (Kyuss), Isaiah Mitchell (Earthless), Lorenzo Woodrose (Baby Woodrose) and the Purple Wizard of Woo, Bernie Worell (Parliament, Funkadelic, Talking Heads) and collaborated to contribute to Romano's musical ideas. Together, the freek alliance spawned a self-titled debut release supported by Cargo-Germany records.

Crawling out of a 3 year hibernation with new tunes, Romano has regrouped with his new band of Freeks and is delivering raw, unrefined, screaming fuzzed psychedelic rock'n'roll music that is dream bent with tension and laced with Full On passion.



THE FREEKS ARE
Ruben Romano – Guitar and Lead Vocals
Jonathan Hall - Guitar and Vocals
Tom Davies – Bass and Vocals
Esteban Chavez – Synths, organs, electric pianos
Bob Lee – Drums
Venue Information:
The Casbah - San Diego
2501 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA, 92101
http://www.casbahmusic.com