FORQ released their sophomore album, Batch in April. The band, which includes Snarky Puppy bassist/bandleader Michael League, Snarky Puppy guitarist Chris McQueen, Rudder keyboardist Henry Hey, and drummer Jason “JT” Thomas, just shared the video for the track “Ultraviolet.”
The musical ties in this band are strong.
“I met Chris McQueen the summer before our first year in college at the University of North Texas. He plays in Snarky Puppy with me. I met Jason ‘JT’ Thomas (who is an original and still current member of Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, and has played with Marcus Miller, D’Angelo, etc.) in Dallas just after college, and we ended up playing a weekly gig every Monday night for a year or two with Bernard Wright at the lower-Greenville live music staple Gezellig before it closed,” League shared. “Henry and I met when his band Rudder and Snarky Puppy toured together. He’s kind of like my big brother in NYC… actually, the guy who convinced me to move there and got me a steady gig which allowed me to afford it. We had the idea to start a band that was biiiiiig on groove and sonic exploration, without getting caught in the snags of the modern jazz world. We want to play shit with personality, character, and not nerdy, brainy stuff.”