One Word is an exciting and energetic 4 piece band, performing stylish original songs as well as stamping their personality on an extensive selection of well-known popular covers, spanning a wide variety of genres. Despite their youth, One Word have performed along the Dorset coast (as ‘Southern Corruption’) since 2013 at events such as Swanage, Christchurch and Ringwood Carnivals, Oxjam Bournemouth, Blandford Georgian Fayre, Christchurch Music and Potato Pants Festivals, Bournemouth Square Christmas Stage and Christchurch Lighthouse Live as well as at popular pubs and venues like The Thomas Tripp and Mr Kyps. This year, One Word were finalists in the annual Live and Loud Competition, winning a slot at the prestigious Wimborne Folk Festival.
One Word has evolved over a number of years. Max and Jon started their first band ‘Burn Out’ with friends, Rory Pearson and Toby Gribbon from school. A change of line-up coincided with a name change to ‘Southern Corruption’, with Jon and Max teaming up with the very talented pair – Keenan Lang-Jones and Alfie Clayton from Twynham School. Subsequently Ed joined Max and Jon, along with Greg Hill, formerly with Christchurch 3 piece, Almost Ready. The new line-up started to experiment with original material and when Aidan Formston joined, they started afresh with a new band name – One Word. Aidan subsequently decided to concentrate on his A level studies at which point Ed’s college friend, Dom Griffiths, completed the line-up. The lads are proud to count all their former band collaborators as close friends.
Jon Lindop – Lead Vocals/Keyboards
Jon has a not so secret passion for musical theatre, having been involved with the Swish of the Curtain Theatre School from an early age. In 2012-13, he played ‘Charley Bates’, part of Fagin’s gang in Cameron Mackintosh’s hit musical ‘Oliver!’ and toured the UK, performing alongside the likes of Brian Conley and Neil Morrisey. He now teaches at Swish. Jon met Max in 2011 at Ferndown Middle School and they’ve been best mates ever since. Jon is laid back with a unique style and look of his own and his theatrical training is reflected in his impressive vocal range. Jon also plays piano and guitar pretty well.
Max Harris – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Max taught himself to play guitar, heavily influenced by family and friends (big thanks to older brother Will, Will’s friends Andy, Russ, Chris and Scotty from talented young rock band ‘Colt 45’ , cousin, Jason and friends Josh and Martin from quality indie outfit ‘Constellation and Gav and Tim from the brilliant Black Water County). Max got pretty good pretty quickly, demonstrated by playing a song on the main stage at the massive Bournemouth 7s Festival aged just 10. Max then taught himself to sing and play, working his way through Green Day’s entire back catalogue during one summer holiday. Max plays a hand-built guitar, constructed for a GCSE project, along with his much loved first guitar, a Gibson Les Paul Studio.
Guitar – Max Harris Custom guitar / Gibson Les Paul Studio
Amp – Fender HotRod Deluxe
Dom Griffiths – Bass
Dom is the band’s newest member, joining in May 2017. Originally a guitarist, Dom quickly picked up the bass to help out his friends and has since gone from strength to strength, learning the band’s extensive repertoire. Dom’s also a fitness fanatic, spending his time at the gym when he’s not rehearsing and is currently sponsored by Predatory Attire
Guitar – Ibanez Bass Guitar
Amp – TC Electronics BG250
Ed Harris – Drums
Ed joined Jon and Max in 2014, bringing with him limitless energy, a lot of fun and perhaps a little madness to their live performances. A self-taught drummer, he’s enthusiastic and loud, but has been known as ‘The Cymbal Destroyer’ in the past! Ed has a flair for lyrics and has developed into the band’s main wordsmith.
Drum Kit – Premier Cabria 5 piece with any heavy duty cymbals he’s found knocking about