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.
11 days to go until we perform at Resonance Rock Festival in Balham, London! Tickets available from the link below...
Great review of our EP on The Closet Concert Arena. Check it out!
Message from Andy Read:
A Formal Horse is one of 5 recommended albums this week by one of the biggest progressive music websites. Read the article here: http://weekendprog.blogspot.fr/2014/07/weekend-22-18th-20th-july-2014.html
Message from Vinny Iacocca:
Just posted a review...really enjoy your music! http://closetconcertarena.blogspot.com/
Message from Michael Inman:
Really love what I am hearing by this band! Cheers! Michael
New valves in the 5150. Practising for Resonance Rock Festival.
Attention prog fans! Our next live performance will be at Resonance Rock Festival. Resonance is a four day festival which will take place at The Bedford, Balham, London from July 31 until August 3 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. It is an honour for us to be a part of a bill that is topped by the prog giants Mostly Autumn, Nosound, The Enid and Bigelf whilst supporting such a fantastic cause. Tickets are still available from www.resonance-festival.com.
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.

03rd August - The Bedford, Balham, London
A Formal Horse will be appearing on the Synergy Stage of the Resonance Rock Festival for MacMillan Cancer Support.
26th October - The Talking Heads, Portswood, Southampton
A Formal Horse will be supporting the Progfathers at the Talking Heads.