Comprising the ex-Samson pair of bassist Merv Goldsworthy and drummer Pete Jupp; the Overland brothers – vocalist/guitarist Steve and lead guitarist Chris – both formerly of Wildlife; plus the keyboard talents of Philip Manchester (AKA sci-fi nutcase Didge Digital), FM’s first public appearance in the UK on Valentine’s Day of 1985 was swiftly followed by the release of their début album, INDISCREET. FM hit the road in Europe supporting the likes of Tina Turner, Foreigner, Gary Moore, Status Quo and the white-hot Bon Jovi on the ‘Slippery When Wet’ tour.
For the next 12 years FM consolidated their position at the forefront of British melodic rock, touring everywhere they could to promote releases such as 1989’s TOUGH IT OUT and 1992’s APHRODISIAC. In 1996, with ‘grunge’ fever sweeping the world, the band decided to call it a day….
…until October 2007, when FM at last played together again for the first time in 12 years, headlining a sold-out Firefest IV at Nottingham Rock City.
New guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick made his FM live début at Winstanley College in March 2009, followed by a return headline spot at Firefest VI the following October, as well as playing on the WILDSIDE EP released that same month.
‘Wildside’ set the scene for FM’s first new album in 15 years. The highly-acclaimed METROPOLIS (released March 2010) spawned singles ‘Hollow’ and ‘Bring Back Yesterday’ which found the band playlisted on many radio stations worldwide, not least on the UK’s biggest station – BBC Radio 2. FM played to packed houses across the UK throughout 2010 culminating with main stage appearances at Download in June and Hard Rock Hell IV in December.
2011 saw FM return to many overseas strongholds of years gone by – headline shows in Holland and Spain; a show with D-A-D in Portugal; Sweden Rock; Graspop in Belgium; dates with Journey and Foreigner in Germany, Belfast and Dublin, and the guys were honoured to be invited back to play at Download for a second time.
In January 2012 they headlined the Sunday night Rock Stage at the Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness and during March they staged three special concerts in Glasgow, Manchester and London to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the release of their début album INDISCREET. As part of a year-long celebration these concerts saw FM play INDISCREET live in its entirety for the first time ever as part of a full show.
With their new studio album nearing completion, FM have announced a series of UK dates for March 2013 and will be appearing at Hard Rock Hell AOR in April 2013. They will also be on the road as Special Guests alongside The Treatment on Thin Lizzy’s UK tour in Nov/Dec 2012.
Steve Overland – Vocals & Guitars
Merv Goldsworthy – Bass
Pete Jupp – Drums
Jem Davis – Keyboards
Jim Kirkpatrick – Lead Guitar