“This is a full-on international interview,” notes Kavus Torabi. “Where are you, Steve?” “I’m in a hotel in Portugal,” comes the voice of the six-times World Snooker Champion Steve Davis.

Michael J York speaks over the background thrum of droning folk instruments: “I’m in the centre of France. I’m sat in a campsite that’s crawling with hurdy-gurdies and bagpipes. Are you in your front room, Kavus?”

“No, I’m in the shed,” comes the reply.

This was never going to be a normal interview. But then there’s nothing normal about The Utopia Strong.

The trio have taken their long-standing friendship and mutual interest in music from the outer limits and synthesised them into an improvisatory psychedelic group

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