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The Format Biography

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Birth Place: Peoria, Arizona, United States
Years Active: 2001–2008
Genres: Indie Rock, Power Pop

The Format was an indie/alternative rock band formed in Peoria, Arizona in 2001 by Nate Ruess and Sam Means. The two bandmates have been friends since grade school and played in pervious bands together before The Format. Primarily a duo, Ruess and Means performed and recorded with a variety of musicians including Mike Schey, Mark Buzard, Don Raymond and Adam Boyd.

In 2002 their first single, “The First Single,” was released and became a local favorite leading to a record deal with Elektra Records. 2003 saw the released of their debut album, “Interventions + Lullabies.” In 2005 The Format signed with Atlantic Records after the demise of Elektra.

The Format was heavily influenced by 1970s pop music, which showed itself as the band entered the studio to begin work on their second album, “Dog Problems.” Atlantic Records were unimpressed with the final result of the album, so The Format released it on their own record label, The Vanity Label in 2006.

The next two years saw the band extensively touring with The All American Rejects, Reubens Accomplice, Steel Train and The Honorary Title. However, by 2008 the band decided to call it quits and went their separate ways. Means perused a solo career and later formed Destroy with Michelle DaRosa from Straylight Run. Ruess went on to form the massively popular band, fun., with members of Steel Train.