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.
Message from Ross Wakley:
Hi folks, thanks for the CD, living in the car now! I'm off to see Knifeworld at The Hope in Brighton next month - that might be a possible venue along the coast.
Message from Graham Harris:
Really great acoustic set at The Talking Heads, enjoyed it immensely :-)
Four stars and some very kind words from Lady Obscure Music Magazine!
One-off acoustic set at The Talking Heads this Friday. Tickets cost £12 in advance and still available from: http://talkingheads.vticket.co.uk/product.php/238/lifesigns-a-formal-horse
Message from Dino Fancellu:
Lovely music. http://aformalhorse.bandcamp.com Have you heard of MoeTar ?
Tickets for Midwinter Madness (feat. The Gift music UK, A Formal Horse, The Far Meadow and Red Letters) at the Bedford Ballroom go on sale tomorrow at http://www.wegottickets.com. And here's a gratuitous photo of Ben impersonating Matt Stevens.
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.
07th September - The Bowl Inn, Charing, Kent
A Formal Horse will be playing Malcfest in Kent from 7pm
17th October - The Talking Heads, Portswood
A Formal Horse will play a one-off acoustic set supporting prog supergroup Lifesigns at Southampton's Talking Heads.
23rd November - t'Blok, Nieuwerkerk Aan Den Ijssel, Netherlands
It's A Formal Horse's first gig in Holland! The band will be playing at 15:30, opening for The Gift.