Something Tells Me You're Too Scared To Go So The Stairs That You Climb Are The Ones You've Left Behind.
When I heard the first strains of music I just knew it. I knew the band I was listening to was from Arizona. I don't know exactly what "it" is, but the majority of artists that I like from the Phoenix/Tempe area have that sound. I like to call it desert pop. Jimmy Eat World has it. So did The Refreshments and Dead Hot Workshop. And The Format are no exception. Originally releasing an e.p. on Jim Adkins' (J.E.W.) Western Tread label, these indie popsters made the leap to Elektra records for their 2003 release Lullabies & Interventions. Blending sugary harmonies and choruses with chiming guitars, Nate Ruess and Sam Means have crafted an album that, upon first listen grabs you by the lapels and never lets you go. Much thanks goes out to Jamie & Jackie for the heads up. For your listening (dis)pleasure:
The Format: Give It Up
The Format: The First Single
The Format: Tune Out