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.
We are headlining at The Hobbit Pub TOMORROW NIGHT! Entry is free before 10pm and £2 after. Full details can be found on the MMP-Mighty Mosh Promotions event page below: https://www.facebook.com/events/548371741932431/?ref=br_tf
Our debut EP can now be found amongst the impressive selection of CDs/vinyls at Hundred Records, Hampshire's newest independent record store.
It's time to vote for your favorurite new equestrian quartet in the 2014 Prog Readers' Poll: http://prog.teamrock.com/news/2014-12-22/prog-readers-poll-2014 To thank you in advance for your vote, here's some footage of our set in Balham last weekend:
We'd like to send our warmest Christmas wishes to all our friends and fans around the world. As a thank you for all your support this year, we've uploaded a track from our forthcoming EP to Soundcloud. Please share it if you like what you hear!
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.