Forty45 [Covers 50s - present, 4 piece]
I was recommended Forty45 for my 40th by some friends of mine and boy were they right, the guys were so easy going and happy to help right from the word go even learning new songs for my party. The actual gig is a night I will never forget, the boys got right into it and their rapport with the audience was fantastic with Roly coming down into the crowd for a bit of audience participation which went down a treat. One thing that struck me was how tight the band were together, never missing a note or drifting away from each other, so professional. The band's repertoire is vast and the attention to detail they show to get the songs sounding perfect is frankly outstanding, the feedback from my friends after was great too and I only hope my party leads to more bookings from the band.
Every song was fantastic but particular highlights were Razorlight's "Fall to Pieces" (awesome), The Vapors' "Turning Japanese", The Fratellis' "Chelsea Dagger" and Electric Six's "Gay Bar" (awesome again)!
Giles SpencerSaturday 13 August 2011
Giles, thanks very much! It always helps if people are up for it and you all were so we had a great night too. All finished too soon AFAIC : )
We have never seen Forty45 before and just fancied a night out seeing some live music. Looked on Lemonrock and found this band. What a fantastic evening we had at the Falkners Arm, Fleet, Surrey last night with Forty45. From beginning to end, they were infectious. Everyone in the pub sang and danced the night away with songs we knew. A few different words to the Kings of Leon `Your Sex is on Fire` and dancing behind the bar by the audience to Sweet Home Alabama was nothing but original!!! The lead singer was a real front man performer and the bass guitarist rocked!! Thanks Forty45 - we will deifnately be comnig to see you again soon and bringing firends with us.
ElaineCASunday 26 June 2011
Thanks very much Elaine! We had a very eventful and enjoyable night as well - really nice crowd and the staff were brilliant! We're looking forward to getting back to the Falkners Arms soon but if you want to see us again before then all our gigs are listed here and at www.facebook.com/forty45. Cheers, Roly.
I caught Forty45 at the Row Barge, Guildford last night and was really impressed. They are a highly enjoyable 4 piece who have a really tight, distinctive sound and really look like they enjoy their work too (especially the bassist)! Be warned, the singer will roam the venue with his mic!! Not eveyone enjoys a mic thrust in their face to join in with the songs but everyone took it in good part and joined in. All I would say is that although they do a band karaoke, the list of songs is not very publicly available (would be better hung up on a wall somewhere for all to see) and lyric sheets don't seem to be available. Lyric sheets and a music stand to hold them on out front would be an improvement. If that had been there I would have got up and sung! All in all a really good fun and something different on a sometimes jaded pub rock scene.
Sarah JonesSaturday 7 May 2011
Hi Sarah, thanks very much - glad you enjoyed it! Last night wasn't a karaoke night though - we just had a few people expressed an interest early on and made the most of it. Next time, let me know and we'll get the lyric sheets : D
Forty45 played at the Fox and Hounds on 28th January. The only thing that disappoints me about this band is the fact that we haven't got them booked in at all for the rest of the year and our gig diary is already full.
They are truly awesome and really know how to work the crowd. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the whole of their set and we are all looking forward to 2012 when we will get them back on a regular basis. Once we've got our bookings for 2012 sorted with them, I'd thoroughly recommend you do the same. Thanks for a great evening guys and we look forward to many more brilliant nights at the Fox and Hounds.
ChrisTuesday 1 February 2011
After travelling for over an hour and only catching half their awesome set at their previous gig at Holmbury St Mary I had to catch them at The View in Croydon, especially as it was virtually on my doorstep. When we arrived there were only about half a dozen people in the pub and although the guys looked like they were raring to go they looked a bit apprehensive during their warm up. However, as the old saying goes the show must go on and go on it most certainly did. Lesser professionals may not even have bothered, but these guys showed their true professionalism from the opening chords of their first song, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Dani California.
From then on we knew we were going to be in for a good night as they then breezed into The Killers' Mr Brightside. These guys are really versatile too, and they followed on by moving seamlessly back through the decades with 20th Century Boy from T. Rex from the 70s, then back to the 60s with the Beatles' Money can't buy me Love and the Kinks' You Really Got Me. It was then back to the 50s with Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Goode. Then we were back to the disco diva era of the 70s, and with the crowd size now doubling, several real-life disco divas rolled back the years and strutted their stuff on the dance floor to a surprisingly good version of Le Freak by Chic and Wild Cherry's Play That Funky Music with bassist Tim playing those funky bass lines.
The band continued with plenty of current songs to keep the youngsters (in particular my 17 year old daughter) happy, with a cracking version of Kings of Leon's Sex on Fire, Kaiser Chiefs' Ruby and I Predict a Riot and the Zutons', Valerie (much better than Amy Winehouse) and my personal favourites the Fratellis' Chelsea Dagger and Dandy Warhols' Bohemian Like You.
The band comprises of frontman and vocalist Roly with an excellent voice who also played keyboard, who wandered around the pub singing to everybody (all this while wearing a hat too), admirably supported with Tim's backing vocals, ultra-cool Scott on lead guitar and drummer Bob who was partially hidden away in the corner but although not seen properly was definitely heard and as the song goes never missed a beat.
The band also allow for a spot of Karaoke for any budding Frank Sinatras or Johnny Rottens or anyone in between, however on this occasion there were no takers to allow Roly a well deserved breather. Despite this there were plenty more singalong tracks for anybody to exercise their vocal chords with Joan Jett's I love rock and roll, Steppenwolf's born to be wild, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama and even a rousing version of the Beastie Boys' Fight for your Right (to party).
The evening ended with rousing singalong versions of old favourites Spirit in the Sky and Hi Ho Silver Lining and we all went home after an extremely enjoyable evening.
I stumbled across these guys by accident while searching for another band on the Internet and I am so pleased that I did. I would thoroughly recommend Forty45 to people of all ages.
MigThursday 23 September 2010