Former Utopia

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Former Utopia are an East London based Rock band.

Former in 2006 Former Utopia have played over 100 gigs and toured throughout the UK, Italy and Europe and shared stages with Shonen Knife, Bitch Magnet, Bottomless Pit, Shannon Wright, Julie Doiron, The Thalia Zedek Band, Geoff Farina & Chris Brokaw, Thee More Shallows, Swell, PW Long, Uzeda, Bellini and David Grubbs.

In 2013 the band released their self recorded ‘Collapsar’ EP on Damnably, gaining Radio play from Gideon Coe & Tom Ravenscroft’s on BBC6 Music,  John Kennedy on XFM, Ruth Barnes on Amazing Radio, Ally on Castle FM, Albert on BCB FM, Jon on WFMU, and KK on Trashflow. The band where were invited to play Incubate Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands.

George-Guitar/Vocs
Rama-Drums
Russ-Bass

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RECENT PRESS
Gaffa (DK)”…The band’s timing was absolutely superb, and the chemistry between Rama and George was a pleasure being a spectator. The heavy drums and the piercing guitar cultivated melodic love. Definitely a band to well could bear to hear again,..”.
Leicester Mercury (UK)”cast a bewitching spell as each tune unfolded in an unforced, languid haze”
The Line Of Best Fit (UK)“a gentleman blessed with an imposing baritone halfway between Bill Callahan and Absentee”
John Kennedy XFM Radio (UK)”FANTASTIC!”
Pocket Jury (UK) “The overall highlight is the fantastic ‘Blue Fugue’, which sounds like a collision between Frigid Stars era Codeine and Zuma era Crazy Horse. Building from a lush, unhurried foundation, Gargan executes a blistering Neil Young-esque guitar solo which carries the narrative of the song long after the vocals have stopped. Collapsor is certainly a striking collection of songs and you can’t help but feel that if it takes another four years for a sequel, it will be very much worth the wait.”
Slowthrills
(UK) “…subtle melodies delivered in an understated baritone vocal coupled with edgy, occasionally heavy guitars. The way the songs creep up on you and develop is reminiscent of that great, often overlooked band Silkworm.”
Tom Robinson (UK) on FU’s ‘A Love Like Infinity’ : “It starts out like vintage Tyrannosaurus Rex then develops into a meandering lofi epic that’s not quite like anything else I’ve heard this year. Lovely liquid guitars, offkilter drums, unexpected harmonies and an approach that’s fresh and uplifting. What’s not to like?”
Sodapop (IT)”…the visibility they deserve is coming.”
Americana (UK) 8/10 “mini masterpiece of lo-fi rumblings…”
Whisperingandhollerin (IR)8/10 “Former Utopia inject new life into the faded denims of grungey slackerdom, with the crunching guitars and twisted pop dynamism of the Pixies and the plaintive tones and monster solos of Dinosaur Jr. And it’s totally welcome.”
3voor12  (NL) “… sound like something the Pixies would like to have.”
damusic (BE) “Zest With something strong to the lo fi of Pavement smoke (but even more rattling) knew this trio to inspire us.”
‘A Love Like Infinity’ was voted #19 in the ‘Hogmanay Hundred’ in Ally Gourlay’s Art School Dancing Castle FM Radio show,
‘Blue Fugue’ in a at #15 on ‘Left Of Centre’ on Morlands FM radio and Former Utopia had an Honorable mention in Ken Katkin’s Trash Flow radio (Cincinnati based) best of 2013 list here

Former Utopia are gearing up for recording at the moment but will be playing gigs in 2014

SHOWS

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12 Sep 2014 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in London Sebright Arms UK
08 Jun 2014 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in London Cafe Oto UK
18 May 2014 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in London Dingwalls UK
16 May 2014 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar UK
15 May 2014 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach UK
14 May 2014 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Bristol The Fleece UK
04 May 2014 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Coventry The Tin At The Coal Vaults UK
03 May 2014 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Leicester Handmade Festival UK
22 Sep 2013 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Tilburg Incubate Festival NL
07 Sep 2013 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Stowmarket John Peel Centre For Creative Arts UK
06 Sep 2013 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Sheffield Queens Social Club UK
17 Aug 2013 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in London The Windmill UK
02 Jun 2013 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in London Sebright Arms UK
23 May 2013 http://www.damnably.com/2013/02/come-23-may-13/ Former Utopia in London Dingwalls UK More Info...
08 Mar 2013 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Leicester Cookie Jar UK
08 Feb 2013 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in London Sebright Arms UK
27 Oct 2012 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Aalborg Studenterhuset DK
26 Oct 2012 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Tromso Bastard Bar NO
24 Oct 2012 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Helsinki Tavastia FI
23 Oct 2012 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Oslo Cafe Mono NO
22 Oct 2012 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Gothenburg Pustervik SE
21 Oct 2012 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Copenhagen Loppen DK
19 Oct 2012 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Utrecht dB’s NL
18 Oct 2012 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Hasselt Muziekodroom BE
08 Jul 2011 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Southend-On-Sea The Railway UK
03 Jul 2011 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in London The Windmill UK
02 Jul 2011 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Brighton The Hope UK
30 Jun 2011 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Manchester Fuel Cafe UK
28 Jun 2011 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Glasgow Nice ‘N’ Sleazy UK
27 Jun 2011 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Edinburgh Henry’s Cellar Bar UK
26 Jun 2011 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Newcastle Head Of Steam UK
25 Jun 2011 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Hull Adelphi Club UK
24 Jun 2011 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Leicester Shakespeare’s Head UK
30 Sep 2009 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in London The Luminaire UK
28 Sep 2009 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Cardiff Buffalo Bar UK
27 Sep 2009 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Manchester Islington Mill UK
26 Sep 2009 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Glasgow GDIY UK
24 Sep 2009 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Newcastle Cluny 2 UK
23 Sep 2009 http://www.damnably.com Former Utopia in Leicester The Donkey UK