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

Dusted Angel

With loud, heavy riffs full of heart, Dusted Angel is everything a hard rock fan wants in a band. And that’s because Dusted Angel is made up of fans themselves.

“We’re at an age where we play things we’d want to hear,” says lead singer Clifford Dinsmore. “It’s a weird hybrid of everything we’ve ever been into.”

Formed while they were teenagers by Scott Stevens and Eric Fieber on guitar, and Elliot Young on bass, Dusted Angel officially solidified in 2008 when they added Dinsmore on vocals and Steve Ilse on drums. The five friends quickly began writing material and performing around town, even releasing a seven-inch single on vinyl in 2009. Unlike Dinsmore’s other band, the influential Santa Cruz hardcore group Bl’ast!, Dusted Angel is more rhythm driven, with longer riffs and stoner beats. This is for fans who like their Black Sabbath dipped in St. Vitus, and deep fried in Melvins.

“Personally, I feel like Dusted Angel is more ‘age appropriate,’” says Dinsmore. “Where Bl’ast! is so technical and all over the place, with Dusted Angel I give myself plenty of room to breathe.”

Since their inception, Dusted Angel has consistently drawn large crowds whenever they play in town, or on the road with bands like Fu Manchu and, unsurprisingly, the Melvins. Yet to this day, they still have only one recording, and Dusted Angel has become something of a local legend due to the scarcity of their shows. It’s an image the band wants to change, but a couple of years ago, Dinsmore was in a near-fatal car collision that left him with a fractured sternum and a long, drawn-out recovery.

“That’s what really set us back,” he remembers. “Once you get away from the discipline of practicing, it’s easy to let it fade away.”

Since then, the band has steadily picked up momentum, practicing more and playing several shows until another setback hit—Stevens recently learned he will need surgery on his hands, which means they’ll only have one guitar for their upcoming show.

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