former utopia Colapsar E.P. (CD, £5.75)label: Damnably
FU, or Former Utopia, are George (Guitar, Vocals), Rama (Drums) and Russ (Bass). The band formed in 2006, is East London based, and alternate between alt-folk and heavy post-punk. They have toured throughout the UK and Europe and have shared stages with Shonen Knife, Bitch Magnet, Bottomless Pit, Uzeda, Shannon Wright, Julie Doiron, The Thalia Zedek Band, Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina, Thee More Shallows, Swell, PW Long, Bellini and David Grubbs.FU recorded 6 songs live one day at their rehearsal room in Stoke Newington. Then Matthew Barnhart mixed and mastered them at his Echolab Studios in Denton, Texas USA. Now, Damnably release them as the band’s debut E.P. Inspired by: The feeling that there is someone out there waiting for you (there probably is). A lover you have not met yet.(Partially) By the anti-war time-dilation love story 'Forever War' by Joe Haldman. An Yves Klein exhibition and 'Zone de Sensibilité Picturale Immatérielle’, a situationist joke to highlight the inescapable commodification of art. A Cockney background. A brother’s suicide on May Day. Survivor guilt. A song written by Kath Bloom. Recent Press “cast a bewitching spell as each tune unfolded in an unforced, languid haze” Leicester Mercury “A gentleman blessed with an imposing baritone halfway between Bill Callahan and Absentee” The Line Of Best Fit “FANTASTIC!” John Kennedy, XFM (On ‘A Love Like Infinity’) “It starts out like vintage Tyrannosaurus Rex then develops into a meandering lo-fi epic that’s not quite like anything else I’ve heard this year. Lovely liquid guitars, off-kilter drums, unexpected harmonies and an approach that’s fresh and uplifting. What’s not to like?” Tom Robinson, Freshnet / BBC 6Music.
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