1 Feb 2024

The Utopia Strong announce 'The BBC Sessions'

To tide you over before a new studio The Utopia Strong album is released, we are happy to reveal the band are unleashing 'The BBC Sessions' album on Ltd edition LP and CD on 22 March. 

'The BBC Sessions' were originally recorded live at Maida Vale for a Marc Riley session on BBC 6 Music in September 2022, the five tracks capture The Utopia Strong stretching themselves and continuing to develop their aural explorations.

Watch the John O'Carroll made video for the track 'Lamp Of Glory' above.


You can preorder The Utopia Strong's 'The BBC Sessions' on Ltd Edition Black vinyl and CD from 8am GMT tomorrow (2nd Feb) to coincide with the first Bandcamp Friday of the year:

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The band approached this session differently, as usually pieces are improvised and developed live over a longer period of time. “When we hit a point where all three of us really had something going, we would continue while the proverbial tape was rolling,” says Kavus Torabi, “So, the shorter pieces are the result of about ten or fifteen minutes playing that you wouldn’t have heard.”

The history of BBC Maida Vale Sessions is familiar to The Utopia Strong. As musicians, and lifelong music fans, the legacy - the importance - of such recordings is not lost on them. Space and place influence creativity, as is the case here, and the sleeve is a loving homage to those classic BBC releases, affectionately nodding to Strange Fruit Peel Sessions from days of yore.

So put on the - classic, black - vinyl, sit back and go through all the other bands listed on the sleeve that have also recorded BBC Sessions. You will surely be familiar with them, if you are music aficionados like the band.