Incubate Festival

Posted in Niente on June 11th, 2013 by George

Former Utopia are excited to announce we play Incubate Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands and along with

Shonen Knife, Built to Spill and our mates Monster Island.

More info @



Former Utopia ‘Collapsar’ released with bonus tracks

Posted in Niente on June 11th, 2013 by George













Our ‘Collapsar’ EP comes with 4 bonus tracks and 1 download

1. A love Like Infinity
2. Double Negative
3. Blue Fugue
4. May Day
5. Schism

Bonus Tracks:
6. Double Negative (2008)
7. A love Like Infinity (2008)
8. Life Anxiety
9. Sourtime

Download Track
10. Come Here (Kath Bloom)

Click here to order



Posted in News News on March 27th, 2013 by George









Former Utopia are stoked to be playing with COME at Dingwalls in London.
It’s been 15 years since they play played in Europe so it is a really special gig.

Damnably Presents…

Reunion Show
Thursday, May 23, 2013
11 Middle Yard
London, UK NW1 8AB [map]
8:00pm – 18+[Buy Tickets]


Tickets: [Gigantic] | [See] | [Ticketweb] | [Wegottickets]


Former Utopia ‘Collapsar’ 10″ EP Release Party

Posted in News News on January 10th, 2013 by George

Damnably Presents…

Former Utopia Collapsar EP Launch Party
w/ Plaided, smallgang
Friday, February 8, 2013
Sebright Arms
31-35 Coate Street
London, UK E2 9AG [map]
8:00pm – 18+[Buy Tickets]


Damnably is celebrating the release of Former Utopia‘s 10″ ‘Collapsar’ EP by having party time with very special guests Plaided & smallgang plus Fettkakao DJs all the way from Vienna!

Former Utopia
FU, or Former Utopia, are an East London based trio alternate between alt-folk and heavy post-punk. They’ve had radio play from BBC6Music’s Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe and XFM’s John Kennedy, and toured throughout the UK and Europe with Julie Doiron & Shonen Knife and shared stages with Bitch Magnet, Bottomless Pit, Uzeda, Shannon Wright, Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina, Thee More Shallows, Swell, Bellini and David Grubbs.

“A gentleman blessed with an imposing baritone halfway between Bill Callahan and Absentee” The Line Of Best Fit

“FANTASTIC!” John Kennedy, XFM


Plaided are from Vienna, Austria. They have a unique sound, great songs and like the more cerebral bands of the world open up something larger than you can quite get a finger on. The bands debut album ‘Playdate’ made some important Best of 2012 lists and they play the UK for only the second ever time just before hitting SWSX Festival.

smallgang are a half-japanese London based trio fronted by two baritone voiced brothers that have been making a name for themselves with volcanic live shows exploding tight poppy post-punk with effortless complexity and crazed solo’s. Bitch Magnet, Shonen Knife, Versus and Geoff Farina love these guys and so should you!

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Posted in Record News on December 6th, 2012 by George

We have this record coming out. We recorded it at Karma in Stoke Newington ourselves and genius Matthew Barnhart mixed and mastered it. John Kennedy’s XFM X-Posure, Gideon Coe and Tom Ravenscroft’s BBC 6Music have been kind enough to play some tracks. Damnably will release our debut EP as a limited Edition 10″ vinyl. It will be available in the shoppies from 31st January 2013, and for pre-order in their webshop now!

FU – Colapsar
Side A:
A love Like Infinity
May Day

Side B:
Blue Fugue
Double Negative

Listen to the single ‘A Love Like Infinity’:


FU European Tour with Shonen Knife

Posted in News News on November 11th, 2012 by George

FU’s Rama and George hit the road with Japanese legends Shonen Knife for the European leg of their ‘Pop Tune’ 2012 tour.
We played gigs in Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland and had a wonderful time with Naoko, Ritsuko, Emi knife and Ian our Driver.

Ritsuko played bass with us on Blue Fugue at the Bastard Bar in Tromso which is on the top of Norway and a beautiful place with very warm and happy people. That was maybe the highlight
but seeing our friends Rune,  Milla, Gerben, Jeroen and Tom was so nice. Huge thanks to the promoters and people that bought our records and asked us to sign them and to Canopus Drums who supported us.
At Loppen in Copenhagen we picked up a great review which you can read here in Gaffa and you can see a load of pictures from the tour on our facebook page here

Next we play upstairs @ The Vibe Bar on Nov 28th supporting 2 incredible bands: Bottomless Pit (Feat X Silkworm/Seam/Light Coma) and Uzeda from Sicily. Adv Tickets are £8 @ It’s Bottomless Pit’s UK debut and the next day we’ll be dj’ing the Scrawl, Shannon Wright and Joel R L Phelps gig at Cargo-which is also an amazing line up-particularly as Scrawl and Joel have not played Europe in a over a decade each and Shannon has a full band for this one. More info @ Damnably

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FU Update

Posted in Niente on August 28th, 2012 by George

The FU solo in Italy was so incredible. The people and food were amazing and the scenary on the road to Terni was so spectacular.

Many thanks to Alessia and her family and friends for hosting me and Paolo for booking and driving and Aldo, Roberto and Emilano for being so cool.

The Italian’s particularly enjoyed this song ‘Chilli Linguine’

We have a new 7′ coming out soon and Pre-Order’s will be up on the Damnably page in a week or so plus we’ll have some gigs and Tour Dates for Sept/Oct.



Damnably 6th Birthday

Posted in Niente on July 10th, 2012 by George









Our very own Label ‘Damnably’ is 6 this year and to celebrate this we will have a micro set of some description

on October 1st at Cargo(Shoreditch, East London-near Liverpool Street) along with the Osaka Ramones (Shonen Knife), Wussy, American Werewolf Academy and smallgang plus DJ’s

and freebies for the audience. We are very proud of what we have done in the last 6 years and it’s been a group effort from all the bands and Damnably friends and so should be a really fun and rocking gig!
Not to be missed!

Tickets are £10 via WEGOTTICKETS   Gigantic     See  or Ticketweb and it is going to sell out soon.


FU Italy

Posted in Niente, Show News on July 10th, 2012 by George

Solo George Gargan shows in Italy with Paolo Forli looking like this in 2012:

9  August 2012: KONTIKI – San Benedetto Del Tronto
10 August 2012: Silvi Marina
11 August 2012: FAT – Terni
12 August 2012: Portorose – roseto degli abruzzi
13 August 2012: Irish cafe – l’aquila

Facebook FU site will have updates if anything moces around


Damnably Radio # 69

Posted in Niente on July 6th, 2012 by George


FU have all been busy for most of this year with work so it’s been quiet on here but i stuck this podcast together with a few of my favourite tracks of right now.
More news to follow on a release.

Plaided It is over Toni Playdate Fettkakeo 2012
Wussy Death By Misadventure Buckeye (Damnably)
Big Eyes Back from the moon (Grave Mistake Records 2012)
Bottomless Pit State I’m In Lottery (2012)
Shonen knife Osaka Rock City Pop Tune (Damnably 2012)
American Werewolf Academy Happy Birthday Your Majesty
Codeine Median When I See The Sun (Numero Group 2012)
Plaided Freaks and Geeks Playdate (Fettkakeo 2012)
Big Eyes Pretend to care Hard Life (2011)
Magnetic Fields The Horrible Party Love at the bottom of the Sea (Merge 2012)
Shonen Knife Cobra Vs Mongoose (live bonus cdr w/Pop tune)
Magic Words Loaded For Bear Junk Train
Dog Day I Wanna Mix Deformer (Fundog 2011)
Harry Pussy Showroom Dummies Harry Pussy (Stiltbreeze 1993)
Steve Albini and Zeni Geva The Model (live)
Shannon Wright Live
Versus Live
Bitch Magnet Live
Michael Hurley When I get back home Ancestral Swamp (Gnomonsong 2007)
Wet Nurse Girl Problem
Shonen Knife She’s The One Osaka Ramones (Damanbly 2011)
Giant Giant Sand Forvever And A Day Tucson(Fire 2012)
Waxeater Are those fucking beers cold yet?
American Werewolf Academy Rock Show Tonight (Damnably 2011)