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The Utopia Strong return with video for Shepherdess

The Utopia Strong
(Image credit: David Ryder Prangley)

Cosmic prog trio The Utopia Strong have returned with a brand new video for Shepherdess, which you can watch below. It's taken from the duo's upcoming second album International Treasures, which will be released through Rocket Recordings on June 10.

The album sees the return of  Knifeworld/Gong man Kavus Torabi , former six-times World Snooker champion Steve Davis and Coil/Guapo member Michael J. York, who released their self-titled debut album in 2018.

“I see myself as a strong midfielder, or a centre back," explains Davis about his role n the new album. "Kavus and Mike are like the Lionel Messi or Ronaldo of the equation, and I’m setting situations up for them."

International Treasures was recorded during 2020 and sees the trio stretching out musically from their debut. Torabi’s purchased a guzheng (a Chinese plucked zither) for Shepherdess while York’s spectacular and evolving array of pipes and wind instruments contributed just as much as his editing talents.

The Utopia Strong will also be playing the following live shows:
Apr 9: Wycombe Arts Centre
Jun 17: London The Garage (supporting Magma)
Jun 18: London The Garage (supporting Magma)
Jun 19: Manchester Band on the Wall (supporting Magma)

International Treasure is being released on vinyl and CD. You can preorder on pink vinyl via the link below plus there will be yellow vinyl and black vinyl versions available from your local record shop.

Pre-order International Treasure.

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Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.