Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, the Format materialized around two friends, vocalist Nate Ruess and multi-instrumentalist Sam Means. Self-described as a "desert pop" band, the Format take influence from ‘60s music to craft their own spirited indie pop melodies.
“Now freed from the shackles of their former major label, the Format have made the best record of their career and their roots level fan base continues to grow and for good reason,” said Bruce Warren, assistant general manager of programming for WXPN. Warren continues, “The Format write intelligent guitar based pop songs. Great power pop bands transcend formulaic cliches when they write crafty songs with catchy choruses and the Format have completely nailed it on their new album, Dog Problems.”
According to WXPN Music Director, Dan Reed, “The Format is like XTC's Drums and Wires meets Todd Rundgren at Eric Carmen's pool party. It has one incredibly catchy tune after another.”
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