The Utopia Strong, the combined forces of Kavus Torabi (Gong/Cardiacs/Knifeworld/Guapo), Michael J. York (Coil/ Teleplasmiste/Guapo) and Snooker legend Steve Davis have arrived at no less than a modular driven kosmische colossus of transcendent power enough to drive all talk of green baize firmly into the blue yonder.
With Davis’ modular geometry and ambient structures weaving with Torabi’s keen and skewed sense of melody and York’s various gifts for pipes, drones and fevered abstract are no more apparent on the second track to be revealed “Konta Chorus“.
The resulting tapestry is as likely to remind listeners of the counter-cultural benchmarks of Terry Riley and Cluster as the later vortex-voyages of Zimpel Ziolek with it’s melange of ‘70s Brain Records and ‘90s Warp Label skewed diabolus in musica melodic undertow.
An extraordinary marriage between celestial radiance and hallucinatory repetition as the sounds of an early Aphex Twin track intertwined with Liquid Liquid’s repetitive groove into a climax of electronic Grumbling Fur folk.
The Utopia Strong self titled album with be available on all formats on the 13th September and the band will be playing a string of shows around the release – see below.
LIVE DATES IN 2019:
24th Aug – Blackmarket VIP, Hastings
5th Sep – Oslo, London (w/Teeth Of The Sea)
8th Sep – Krankenhaus Festival, Cumbria
8th Nov – Golden Lion, Todmorden
11th Dec – The Cluny, Newcastle
12th Dec – Hare & Hounds (v2), Birmingham
18th Dec – The Crescent, York
19th Dec – Deaf Institute, Manchester
20th Dec – Cafe Oto, London
21st Dec – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
REVISIT THE TRACK “BRAINSURGEONS 3“
“A storming debut” – THE QUIETUS
“The band’s pulsing krautrock and hazy synthwork should appeal to freaks of all stripes” – UNCUT
“Effortlessly mixes progressive rock, Krautrock and modern electronica” – LOUDER
“An extraordinary marriage between celestial radiance and hallucinatory repetition” – CIRCUIT SWEET
“An hypnotic and ever changing musical soundscape” – BACKSEAT MAFIA
“Not bad for the man nicknamed Mr Boring as a snooker player” – THE MIRROR