A Formal Horse is a new progressive rock quartet based in Southampton. Although the band's sound is difficult to pinpoint, their dense instrumental passages are reminiscent of King Crimson and Mahavishnu Orchestra, whilst Francesca Lewis' lead vocals evoke the whimsical surrealism of the 1970s Canterbury scene. However, A Formal Horse go beyond simply regurgitating the music of their predecessors. With influences as diverse as Bartók and Bon Iver, the band prove that there is still much territory to be explored in the field of British progressive rock.They have recently recorded their debut EP with Rob Aubrey (IQ, Big Big Train).

Live, they are loud. Very loud.
Another great review of the A Formal Horse EP written by Justin Carlton from The Phantom Tollbooth. Thanks Justin!
Thank you to everyone who got up early to watch our set at Jackdaw Festival on Saturday! We had an awesome time and hope you did too. Our next show is with Knifeworld at the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington Spa. Tickets are available from the link below:
Message from Ivan Perilli:
Hey guys! I saw you triggering the Jackdaw festival an I really enjoyed your set!
Message from Lucy Ransom:
Heyya you guys free for the 23rd August for a Southampton gig? Let me know asap. x
Message from We Are Kin:
Your EP has been on regular play in my house... superb work :) please let us know when your next release is coming!!
Resonance Rock Festival was an incredible experience and we are absolutely blown away by the support we've received. There are just too many people to thank individually. If anyone wants to get in contact, please email info@aformalhorse.com or drop us a line on here. Next stop: Jackdaw '14 with Arthur Brown!
Message from Matt Stevens:
Really liking this.
A Formal Horse will be showcasing loads of new music this Sunday at Balham's Resonance Rock Festival. Unfortunately, Francesca has had to drop out due to illness. Do not despair, however, as the band will be joined by the outrageous vocal tekkers of Maud the Moth who has kindly stepped in at the last minute! Check out her Bandcamp for a taste of what's to come:
11 days to go until we perform at Resonance Rock Festival in Balham, London! Tickets available from the link below...
The band have just finished recording their debut EP. Called simply "A Formal Horse", it is a 20 minute collection of beauty and brutality in three songs spread over five tracks.

The EP is available to purchase now from Bandcamp. Look below for a sneak peek.

04th September - The Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa
A Formal Horse will be supporting Knifeworld.