The Utopia Strong | Future Yard

The Utopia Strong, the self-professed ‘semi-modular trio, delivering medical grade music to the visionary music head’, come to town on 4th June to bring their experimental and revelatory improvised live sessions to the Merseyside masses. The psych prog collective – comprising Kavus Torabi, Mike York and seven-time world snooker champion Steve Davis – are set to release their second LP, International Treasure, via Rocket Recordings in June. The show also features a live performance from fearless Manchester-based noise collective Holy Scum, an offshoot of Gnod (who play at Future Yard on 7th May).
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The Utopia Strong

International Treasure is the next chapter in The Utopia Strong‘s story, one which only grows more rewarding with every stop along the way. On the upcoming album (released via Rocket Recordings on 10th June 2022), the collective’s three heads (Kavus Torabi, Steve Davis and Mike York) travel together deeper into their own musical journeys, and the resulting alchemical power transmutes its origins into gold. As no less a sage than Andrew Weatherall proclaimed, The Utopia Strong are “gnostic sonics in a nutshell”.

Call it synchronicity, call it happenstance, call it no more than three friends getting together to give their speakers a workout. Yet The Utopia Strong’s formidable conflagration of psychedelic radiance and beatific harmony has evolved way beyond all or any expectations since the band’s inception at the start of 2018. The following year’s Rocket debut was a powerful document of kosmische transcendence fit to banish all or any talk of its originators’ collective histories firmly into the background.

It was never any secret that Davis – even at the peak of his household name status in the 1980s – was as happy putting a needle on a vinyl record as anything else involving a cue. Renowned as an aficionado of soul, jazz-funk and progressive rock from the seventies onwards, he famously once single-handedly promoted three nights at the Bloomsbury Theatre for French esoteric leviathans Magma, so frustrated was he by their absence from British shores.

The Utopia Strong


The Utopia Strong

Formed in 2019, Holy Scum is an improvised band based in Manchester featuring members of Gnod, Schoolhouse, Shuck. Spending their first year locked in a room, they worked on playing together without compromising their individual styles and musical pasts, creating improvised music that is immediate yet familiar.

Future Yard presents
The Utopia Strong
+ Holy Scum
Saturday 4th June 2022
8pm doors
75 Argyle Street
£13.50 advance

Tickets available online in advance or in person at the Future Yard Box Office.
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