FM formed in 1984 when singer Steve Overland and his brother, guitarist Chris (both formerly of Wildlife), teamed up with drummer Pete Jupp (ex-Wildlife and Samson) and bassist Merv Goldsworthy (ex-Diamond Head and Samson). They were soon joined by Didge Digital on keyboards and by December of that year had secured a record deal with CBS/Portrait and headed to Germany for a run of dates with Meat Loaf.
Further tours with Tina Turner, Foreigner and Gary Moore built their momentum and in September 1986 FM released their debut album ‘Indiscreet’ (featuring the hugely popular single ‘Frozen Heart’) to great critical acclaim. The year also ended on a high when they supported the white-hot Bon Jovi on their ‘Slippery When Wet’ tour.
For the next nine years FM consolidated their position at the forefront of British melodic rock, touring extensively as headliners and also joining bands such as Status Quo and Whitesnake on tours to promote releases such as ‘Tough It Out’ (1989), ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’ (1991), with Andy Barnett replacing Chris Overland, ‘Aphrodisiac’ (1992) and their ‘final’ album, ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ (1995), with new recruit Jem Davis (Tobruk, UFO) on keyboards.
Following a twelve year sabbatical, FM were persuaded to return to the stage for a one-off
headlining slot at Firefest IV, held at Rock City in Nottingham in 2007. The rapturous reception from the sold-out crowd led to the band making a swift decision to record a new album and, following a return to Firefest in 2009, they released their much-anticipated sixth studio album ‘Metropolis’ in 2010 with Jim Kirkpatrick replacing Andy Barnett on lead guitar.
The band haven’t stopped since! Headlining tours in the UK and overseas, special guest slots with the likes of Foreigner, Journey, Thin Lizzy, Heart, Saxon and Skid Row, festival appearances including Download, Planet Rockstock, Sweden Rock, Graspop, Steelhouse, Frontiers Rock Festival and Ramblin’ Man Fair, plus their first-ever live show in the USA at Melodic Rock Fest 5 in 2018.
When not touring, FM have been busy in the studio. and have subsequently released ‘Rockville’ and ‘Rockville 2’ (both 2013), ‘Heroes And VIllains’ (2015) and ‘Atomic Generation’ (2018) as well as ‘Indiscreet 30’ (a re-recorded version of their debut album) and the live CD/DVD ‘The Italian Job’.
08.03.20 MELBOURNE MelodicRock Fest
10.03.20 SYDNEY The Factory Floor
12.03.20 BRISBANE Crowbar
14.03.20 MELBOURNE Stay Gold
11.04.20 WAKEFIELD Warehouse23
12.04.20 NANTWICH Civic Hall
17.04.20 SWANSEA Patti Pavilion
18.04.20 NUNEATON Queens Hall
27.06.20 MADRID Rock The Night Festival
12-15.11.20 INVERNESS Monsterfest
3 Best Of Times
4 Ghost Of You And I
6 Change For The Better
7 End Of Days
9 Walk Through The Fire
10 Hell Or High Water
11 Angels Cried
12 Ready For Me