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Peoria, Arizona, United States (2001 – 2008)

The Format was an indie pop band formed in Peoria, Arizona, United States in 2001 by Sam Means and Nate Ruess.

Throughout the band’s existence, the duo toured and recorded with a revolving door of musicians, and as of 2007, the band consisted of guitarists Mike Schey and Mark Buzard, bassist Don Raymond, drummer Adam Boyd, and its principal members, singer Nate Ruess and multi-instrumentalist Sam Means. The band chose their name to make fun of the music industry’s inclination towards a cookie-cutter “format” for a hit. Despite this critique of the music industry, the band’s aptly-titled first single—“The First Single” (from their five-song debut EP on Western Tread)—became popular in the Southwest music scene. This success led to The Format’s signing with Elektra Records in 2002. Their first major label release and full-length album Interventions and Lullabies was released in October 2003. However, Elektra began to fold into a merger just as the album was rolling out its promotion, leaving the band as merely an afterthought as label restructuring began. The band toured North America for about two years while making plans for a new album and waiting out industry red tape.

The Format released a second EP on Atlantic (which had absorbed much of Elektra’s roster after the label folded) titled Snails in April 2005. Although the EP was not a conventional mass release, it could be purchased at any of the band’s performances, from their online merch store, and on iTunes.


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  • CagedElephants

    I wish I was an ocean.

    28 Mar 4:24am Reply
  • Geographysical

    The Format is way better than fun.

    16 Feb 2:54am Reply
  • BruceMcD2020

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    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • nosoyuncangrejo

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • urdarktraveler

    i just truly love every single song from dog problems <3

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • catchingsignals

    Thanks for the Kenneth Room Sessions. I prefer the demo version of "If Work Permits," aside from the awkward "make better time of my time" lyric. I've heard some note the NMH influence in that song and it's even more evident in the demo. A couple of these demos (that one included) have been floating around for a while but I hadn't heard most of these before. Good stuff...the new fun. live album is worthy of listening to as well...still a really great band when you strip away the production. I guess they're one of those bands now that I wish would stop making albums and just release live recordings and much better.

    23 Feb 2014 Reply
  • iMoZa

    The Format - Kenneth Room Sessions (2014)

    16 Feb 2014 Reply
  • ajablagargala

    these guys should get back together just saying

    15 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Mad_Hatter_Wolf

    I do like fun. a bit more too, just because it sounds like a indie pop version of Queen. But that doesn't even matter much to me. Dog Problems is just to fun to listen to. No pun intended.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CagedElephants

    Here's how I see it. Aim and Ignite > Dog Problems > Interventions and Lullabies > Some Nights

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Flux_Tempo

    It has nothing to do with fun. being all over the map, but just that The Format albums were just better as a whole. Some Nights, solid release, NOTHING spectacular, forgettable even after a while. Aim & Ignite, better release. Both Format albums, still awesome to listen to. Every. Single. Track.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Flux_Tempo

    fun. is nowhere near superior to what The Format was. Sorry.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • SupahShadow

    didn't know he was in both bands, but now that I think about it, it does sound like that. but indie bands all sound the same so that's prob why I didn't know that

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • SaySay116

    Though I do like The Format better; fun. is superior.

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Scapegoat69

    The Format >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> fun.

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • mrshammett

    because sam was still somewhat involved in the song writing for aim & ignite, i can't entirely hate that album. but fun just can't accomplish what the format did.

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • catchingsignals

    But really I'll always love both bands. Nate is brilliant and a great dude all around.

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
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    5 Jul 2013 Reply
  • rhuffman8

    well, maybe that's just your opinion but it's sooooooo WRONG.

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • KellyRileys

    let's began. RVTL anti aging

    9 May 2013 Reply
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