The Format concert
Friday, August 31 2007, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Format is a rock band formed by Arizona natives Nate Ruess and Sam Means. Their style can be considered a mixture of both indie and alternative, and is difficult to place in any one particular genre due to their use of various stylistic influences. Their diverse mix of sounds and exploration of different musical combinations set them apart from most indie bands. Though Means and Ruess are the foremost members of the band they tour and record with Mike Schey, Mark Buzard, and Don Raymond. The Format chose their name to make fun of the music industry's inclination towards a cookie-cutter "format" for a hit. Despite some critique from the mainstream music industry, the duo's first single, aptly titled "The First Single," from their five song demo, EP, became locally popular and led to the two signing with Elektra Records in 2002. Their first studio album, Interventions + Lullabies, was released in October 2003 and was very successful around the Phoenix area and sold over 100,000 copies in the US.