On the 19th July 1970 Robert Michael Foster was the third baby to be born on the new maternity unit of St Peters Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey. Unfortunately the ward was so new that they hadn’t managed to implement any hygiene there yet as Robert (or Rob as we shall call him from now on) came home with an infection that made his eyes stick out like a bugs, and which he attributes to the appalling eyesight that he now has.
From a very early age Rob showed an acute interest in all things musical, having learnt to play the piano (from his father Percival William) and later on the Acoustic Guitar (Mrs Methold, How do you remember that, you were only 6?!)
Skipping forward a few years Rob formed a Band with his brother Steve Foster, this band was named FFile and became one of the most popular local bands, playing such prestigious venues as Woking Centre Halls, The Old Schoolhouse, The Royal in Guildford, and Byfleet Live Aid. Rob recalls some of the venues were surprised to see a 13 year old up that late playing to a room full of Punks. As with all good things FFile came to an end around 1990.
Rob then embarked on a solo career, writing and recording songs in his bedroom, using an old technics midi system and overdubbing each recording between the tape decks, pretty technical stuff, until he saved up enough money to buy the latest 4 track cassette recorder. Rob had his song Everything Was Through played on Steve Wright in The Morning’s unsigned bands section.
With an arsenal of about 20 songs Rob started to record them at WTD Studios in Shere, where he met owner Rob Selway and produced his first album “Great Big Wall” Rob recruited Andy Leighton and Paula Benham on Bass and Keyboards respectively, Rob Selway from WTD introduced him to drummer Rupert Hollis, The Line-Up was complete, 4 piece band Womb were born.
Very importantly Rob’s work colleague Justin Coll became Womb’s manager, he put in a lot of effort getting gigs and promoting the Womb name and as a result Womb shortly became very popular on the local scene, They played all over the Surrey area, they came second at The Tumbledown Dick’s battle of the bands competition (second to the events organisers, if the truth be known!), played a storming set at Guilfest 1994, and opened the Farnham Fusion Festival, things were looking up!The band had a good couple of years together, culminating in some London gigs.
What turned out to be the final gig was at the HG Wells Suite, Woking, the following week a certain Robbie Williams played there having just left Take That!
Womb split in 1997, all four members of the band moved on and worked on other projects.
Over the next few years Rob started a new Band, Yehman who comprised of Julian Wallond on Guitar, David Gardner on Drums, Mark Paddick on Bass and Mark Hatter on keyboards. They played many gigs and produced the E.P. A Relatively sound Experience. After many gigs Yehman recorded another E.P. Thumper which was recorded at Guildford University. Yehman then played the Guildford Civic Hall indoor Festival this turned out to be Yehman’s final gig and they split in 2002.
After the demise of Yehman, Rob again joined forces with his brother Steve Foster and started a new three piece band Bonobo with Steve on bass and Rob Miles on drums, Rob drafted in Ex Womb Bassist Andy Leighton who had switched his instrument to guitar, Bonobo recorded the 4 track E.P. 4.5 Inches Too Big after a good couple of years Rob Myers the drummer decided to leave, so Rob Foster, Steve Foster and Andy Leighton carried on with a new name Beware the Kraken.They brought in Simon Kominsky on drums. BTK as they were known carried on in the same vein as Bonobo, playing and rehearsing extensively before releasing the album Speculative Echo. Following a similar pattern, Simon left for pastures new, Andy started the Portsmouth Punk movement with Shooting Fish, Steve joined Cerveza.
BTK split at the beginning of 2011.
Rob decided to go solo, just him and his acoustic guitar, has played a number of gigs, including Guilfest 2011.
The rest of the story remains to be written….