King of the Road were inspired by a love of cars, skateboarding and surfing, Fu Manchu’s recent output has mined more esoteric themes of science fiction and the supernatural. What remains unchanged on the band’s latest record, Clone of the Universe, is a love of catchy hard-rock hooks filtered through a mix of ’70s analog warmth and an early-’80s hardcore punk edge, making it another in a long line of perfect soundtracks for night-time drives up and down PCH.
Huntington Beach rockers Fu Manchu have spent the majority of their 25-year career being lumped in with the stoner-rock genre. The reality, though, is that the band is a more sand-and-surf–obsessed beach-bum cousin to the desert-rock movement that birthed seminal acts such as Kyuss. While lyrical themes on favorite albums such as 2000’s