California Crossing (Mammoth) is Fu's latest thesis on rock, and if this doesn't garner the band an honorary degree from MIT, then those eggheads are too smart for their own damn good. Fu Manchu meticulously breaks down time, space and rock's dramatic trinity (cars, good times and gettin' wasted) to their smallest known element (the Ramone) and then reconfigure them over and over and over, using nothing more than the guitar/guitar/bass/drum paradigm. Science may be able to clone sheep, map the human genome and even make a decent butter substitute, but Fu Manchu can travel into the future -- OK, not far into the future, but they're just across the dateline into the endless tomorrow. And tomorrow is always sunny, the surf's always up and the van is always gassed, grassed and ready to pick up ass. So you can take conventional genius and cram it with walnuts, because Fu Manchu is smart enough to figure out it's always tomorrow somewhere.
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