To me, Nate Ruess’ voice is like spun aural gold. Ok, maybe that’s a bit too far. But wherever Ruess’ crooning goes, I’ll follow, because it’s typically accompanied by the sweetest of indie-pop hooks. Which brings me to our second installment of TWJ’s new weekly feature: Oh no, where did they go?: The Format.
To be fair, we know exactly what happened to The Format. The band announced a “hiatus” in February of 2008, and Ruess formed the lovely group Fun, whose debut album Aim & Ignite cracked both my top albums and top songs lists for 2009. I told you I’d follow those vocals anywhere.
Fun also features Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train and calls New York home.
The Format were comprised of founding members Ruess and Sam Means as well as Mike Schey, Don Raymond, Marko Buzard and dreamed of the dry heat and Grand Canyon when writing lyrics about home, which was Arizona.
The Format specialized in often-sugary, occasionally-heart-wrenching but always honest tunes that couldn’t help but be catchy and endearing. I first heard The Format when a friend sent me their tune “The First Single” (which was, quite literally, the band’s first single) from Interventions & Lullabies over AOL Instant Messenger (remember AIM? Man, those were the days).
I was hooked, and thus thrilled when the band gave away its second LP Dog Problems for free on its Web site in late June of 2007. I reveled in songs like “Time Bomb” and “She Doesn’t Get It.” So yes, this installment dealing with bands we wish hadn’t broken up might be before you because of my musical crush on Nate Ruess. But it doesn’t make the music any less fantastic. Have some fun, let your guard down and crank these tunes.
“The First Single” By The Format (From Interventions & Lullabies, out now on Elektra)
“Tie The Rope” By The Format (From Interventions & Lullabies, out now on Elektra)
“Inches And Falling” By The Format (From Dog Problems, out now on The Vanity Label)
“Time Bomb” By The Format (From Dog Problems, out now on The Vanity Label)
“She Doesn’t Get It” By The Format (From Dog Problems, out now on The Vanity Label)
“The Compromise” By The Format (From Dog Problems, out now on The Vanity Label)
Video for “Tie The Rope”