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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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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First Gig of the year for FU

Posted in News News, Show News on March 13th, 2012 by George

Hi there,

FU and our mates Lazarus Clamp are playing with Shannon Wright on Friday March 23rd at the Brixton Windmill.

Shannon Wright is pretty much a legend and this is a very rare show in the UK for her. It’s a show not to be missed!

Tickets are £10



FU 2011 Lists//New songs//Recording//Bitch Magnet//Versus gig

Posted in News News on January 28th, 2012 by George

FU had a great time in 2011 and we’ve worked up a couple new/new old songs for live shows and just finishing off some recording for our first proper band EP.
We tried out ‘Post-Card’ at the Bitch Magnet show, at the Lexington and it went down well. We’ll add in Exit Interview next time.
Those Bitch Magnet guys were so great and such nice people. We hung out for a few nights until 4am with them and smallgang. I drank at least 400 pints.
Orestes their super drummer was impressed with Rama’s complex drumming. FU really feels good as a band now.
Our Label DAMNABLY is picking up and just signed Wussy and has a new and very lovely Geoff Farina album out on Feb 27th. Me (George) and Russ
posted our best of/worst of lists for Damnably’s blog with our labelmates Shonen Knife, smallgang, Wussy, American Werewolf Academy and Chris Brokaw and Geoff Farina.
Have a look at that here

I’ll be DJ’ing at the new Damnably gig which is also at the Lexingon and on March 9th with Versus(merge) from New York-who have not played the UK since 1996. Our new friends Plaided will be flying over from Vienna
to support with smallgang. It’ll be a magical show for sure and Sab and I will DJ some new music-not unlike what you will hear in the all NEW Damnably Radio Podcast below Click here for adv Tickets

We’ll have some more live shows soon.


FU supporting post punk legends BITCH MAGNET

Posted in News News on October 6th, 2011 by George

FU are very excited to be supporting BITCH MAGNET! We are big fans of this legendary band and really looking forward to seeing them play-as we missed them first time round. This will be one of the first shows Bitch Magnet has played since December 1990, and the first that the band’s core trio lineup has played since the spring of 1989. Date: Monday December 12th Venue: The Lexington 96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB 020 7837 5371 Tickets: £12.50 adv /£15.00 on the Door Available from:

  • Ticketweb:  Wegottickets: Gigantic: Doors: 7.30pm Bitch Magnet was formed by bassist/vocalist Sooyoung Park and Fine at Oberlin College in 1986; drummer Orestes Morfin joined shortly thereafter. Immediately following the release of its debut (Steve Albini) recorded Star Booty  in 1988, the band garnered rapturous reviews and established itself among the top-tier of America’s independent music underground. The band’s reputation continued to grow with tours of the US and Europe, and the subsequent releases of Umber (prominently included by Mojo on its list of “Lost Albums You Must Own”) in 1989 and Ben Hur in 1990. The latter two have been frequently cited as a key inspiration for what would become known as “post-rock,” a term that baffled and amused themembers of Bitch Magnet when it first surfaced, and still does today.

    Along with their contemporaries in Slint, in the years following their breakup, Bitch Magnet has been recognized as a significant influence on generations of aggressive and musically complex bands, including Don Caballero, Mogwai, Rodan, June of 44 and Battles.

    “Probably more than any other band, Bitch Magnet sent me in the direction I took with the music I have tried to make,” said Battles’ Ian Williams, whose band’s invitation to play at All Tomorrow’s Parties coaxed Bitch Magnet out of retirement. Support: smallgang & FU Plus DJ’s: Damnably’s & special guests playing Post Punk, Slowcore, Lofi, JRock and Metal from 11pm-4am xmas party Our Label Damnably is now five years old and we are quite proud to have promoted gigs in London, Bristol and Manchester, released critically acclaimed albums in the UK/Europe, booked Europe-wide tours and produced 4 years of Podcast Radio shows which was Voted Time Out’s first ‘Podcast Of the Week’. We have a new website and are planning some sort of Charity birthday show. Check out the site here:

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Band’s for Japan fundraiser gig

Posted in News News on April 20th, 2011 by George

We all had a wonderful time at the legendary Brixton Windmill on April 8th and raised £876 for the Japnese Red Cross and Doctors without borders.
More Bad Times (George from FU & Chiara ) opened the show and our friends Toshi, Your New Friend (Alex and Simon), Rica Minami, Kayaka, No Cars, Slowgun, The Catcher Nine, Rebeka Delgardo, MJ Hibbett and Let’s Wrestle all rocked out and drank 4 cases of beer which Asahiwas very kindly donated to us.
We interviewed some of the acts and Tim who has run the Windmill for a decade. You can listen to those @
The Windmill is a kind of grubby run down venue in the middle of nowhere on Brixton Hill but we all love it and it’s probably the most important venue in the UK as new bands/promoters get a break there and it
is always fun with nice staff and atmosphere. We’ll all be playing the Damnably Summer Party on July 3rd there at the end of the forthing smallgang and FU tour-more news on that soon!


Damnably Radio Podcasts

Posted in News News on January 11th, 2011 by George


Team Damnably have been producing their own DIY Podcast Radio shows for almost 4 years now and they are full of the best new and exciting music from all around the world plus live sessions and rarites.

here are some examples of the  show-more at