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The Format

Self-described as a "desert pop" band, the Format materialized around two friends, vocalist Nate Ruess and multi-instrumentalist Sam Means, in the early 2000s. Taking influence from '60s music to craft their own spirited indie pop melodies, the Arizona-based pair were barely in their twenties when they laid down a five-song EP with producer Bob Hoag. Next thing they knew, the first track from that EP -- the aptly titled "The First Single" -- found its way onto local radio and became a minor hometown hit. By the spring of 2002, the Format had caught the attention of various major labels and chose to ink a deal with Elektra. They wrote songs together via acoustic guitar, and their debut full-length, Interventions and Lullabies, was issued in October 2003. But when Elektra was later absorbed into Atlantic Records, the album -- a solid effort of breezy and summery, catchy tunes -- got lost in the shuffle.

Despite the problems, the band still managed to develop a devoted (and rapidly growing) fan base that expanded far beyond Phoenix's city limits. Through an engaging live show, their music continued to spread nationwide, and the Format even scored dates opening for Yellowcard and Something Corporate on their spring 2004 co-headlining tour. The Snails EP appeared in 2005, which the Format sold through their website and on spring dates with Taking Back Sunday and Jimmy Eat World. The group was eventually, and willingly, dropped from Atlantic that fall when the label could not see eye to eye with the band's musical vision. Upon their split, various other majors approached the Format, but they ultimately decided to release their next album, Dog Problems, through their own imprint, Vanity Label Records (distributed by Sony/BMG). The record was issued in July 2006 (though it was available for online download a few months prior), and summer was spent headlining shows around the country with Rainer Maria, Anathallo, and others in tow. ~ Corey Apar, Rovi
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the format > fun.
wish they'd get back together.
I LOVE FUN
Miss you, The Format...com e do a reunion performance in phx!!! Please!
Or at least see fun. perform one of their songs
I am an absolute fun.atic but I still wish I could see the format live
This is the best song ever she is so good at singing this song I wonder who she is signing it to:-P
Fdsryhdsaadt c z d t g g f j
The Format are amazing. I've been listening to their music for two years now and it really is a shame they broke up. I love all their songs and they have a lot of meaning behind them ❤️
This song is perfect! Hate fun but love this!
No One direction 'the best song ever' that's the best song eva
Best song ever
my obsession. the format is perfection.
I like em
Amazing song such deep lyrics. I love love love Nate and all his doings!
I like Fun. But i wish the Format were still together.
misstheaweso m e
i've been listening to nate for like two years and discovered dog problems a little more than a year and a half ago, but never bothered to look up intervention s + lullabies since everyone said dog problems was a million times better. this was totally wrong, as i+l similarly blew my mind. and then i downloaded their eps and their b-sides and rarities album and basically, the format is a freaking treasure trove. everything they've released is worth listening to.
It doesn't get much better than this, pure good music!!!
Love Nate! Went to Fun. Concert recently. I absolutely love Dog Problems!
jfnmem
I'm old and I love these two. Miss the Format. Happy for Nate.
Reminds me of percy jackson book 5
Love this.song
This song is f**kin awesome as hell
ingramjones2 2 8
If fun. Wouldn't have been created after the format broke up, I would be seriously depressed.
silkee_00
Their sound is similar to Iron and Wine. I like them both.
Nate Ruess is perf.
While I like fun. better, they are good too
i wish the format would get back together, even if they didn't write new stuff and just played shows.
Really describes human emotions very well. Most can relate to this song because almost everyone has loved and has gotten hurt. Part of the human cycle I guess. Perfect song.
I'm a huge fun. fan, but the format just makes me happy. It really goes to Nate, saying that sad songs don't need to sound sad. Gosh, I wish they didn't break up.
jmjoshthesqu a s h
i miss this band more than my ex gf
the3wrights3
Holy cow i just realized where i know this guy's voice from!!!! This is a million times better than fun....
WHY ARE YOU SO PERFECT NATE RUESS
I like the format better than fun.
LOVE Nate Ruess!!! <33
Where is the ep with dear boy and apeman
I love this song so much.. :)
I love all of their songs :) :) :):) <3 <3
Nate is the greatest singer EVER. Glad he joined Fun.
kurtandriss
Dog Problems didn't hit the same as Intervention s & Lullabies. Haven't heard much except the SAME SONG from Fun. and it makes me sad. Nothing like the sound they captured with The First Single, Tie the Rope, On Your Porch and just the overall feel of Intervention s and Lullabies. Too dang bad!
gretakcurtis
Hi
gretakcurtis
Hey peeps
On Your Porch speaks to my soul.
az summers
i am still mourning the break up of the format. fun. is good but nothing compared to the format.
great artist.:)! but they didn't have to break up.:(
The Format reminds me of college so much. Its a nice break from the day to day struggles.
fun. and the format are almost the same thing kinda but not really
I'm glad he continued his career. I really have enjoyed hearing him again with Fun.
First Single reminds me of Reliant K.
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