Nate Ruess will be releasing "Ah ha" on Monday. The artwork for the single can be found here. Oh, yeah, it was done by Sam Means ... Nate's former bandmate from The Format. This is the song that turned my excitement for this album up to 11, I'm excited to hear other thoughts on it.
Nate Ruess has posted an update on Facebook talking about his new album, and new song, a little more. Full thing is in the replies.
This is probably my favorite song I've ever written. The one I've listened to the most on repeat. And I can't pinpoint what it is about it that makes its so special to me. Which makes me love it even more.
The Format are selling some of the first batch of Dog Problems vinyls that were a little messed up. They're $5 and the proceeds will be going to animal charities -- you can grab one here.
The issues with these records are visual and should not affect the sound in any way, but since this is considered a donation, all sales are final. SOLD AS IS! We will not be accepting any returns or exchanges for any reason.
First of all, we are so sorry for the delay on the Dog Problems vinyl. I promise we’ve been doing our best to keep everyone up to speed, but sometimes information is hard to come by. So here’s the deal..
Early on in the Dog Problems project we had a couple issues with the die-cuts and dog bowl etching. Both caused a slight delay, but were resolved quick and things were looking good. Then last Thursday, the records showed up and I was totally blown away.. until I looked a little closer. Both the die-cut and etching were still bad. We spent so much time and effort making sure these turned out as cool as possible, I couldn’t stand the...
Unfortunately, there were some etching issues on the Dog Problems vinyl that have caused a bit of a delay in production. We’re being told they should hopefully be in our hands by the middle of January. Sorry for the last second information, we only just received it yesterday. We’ll pass along more updates as they come along. On the bright side, if you’ve placed a vinyl order that does not contain Dog Problems, it should have already shipped earlier this week, or will be shipping on schedule tomorrow.
Tons of back and forth over the years, but once we finally made a definitive decision to move forward, it came together pretty quick. Nicky, who works at The Format’s management office in Boston played a major role in assembling all the pieces. I can’t thank her enough. It was also really cool that Elektra finally let us license Interventions + Lullabies. For a couple years, the plan was just to do Dog Problems, so in a way, I’m glad it took a while so we could make the whole package that much more special.
Photo Finish Records has announced that they will be teaming up with Sam Means (of The Format) to release a 7” vinyl EP for Record Store Day this April. More announcements, details and sneak peaks at Sam Means' music are forthcoming; in the meantime, more information can be found here.
We're giving away test pressings of The Format's Snails EP 12" vinyl as well as their "Time Bomb" 7" vinyl. We have one test pressing of each signed by both Nate and Sam; these are rare and not for sale anywhere. To enter, email email@example.com with the subject line "Format Vinyl" and correctly name Sam and Nate's band before The Format. Don't forget to include your full name and your preference to which of the two test pressings you would like, as we are choosing two winners at random from the correct answers (deadline is May 29th at midnight EST) and will send one to each.
At their show last at the Last Exit in Tempe, AZ, Nate from The Format announced that they have 7 new songs written and will write 7 more before they head into the studio in January to record their new record.
Starting today, the first 1000 people to purchase $30 or more worth of merchandise from The Format on theformatmerch.com will receive a free copy of their new, limited, 18 track "B-Sides & Rarities" album. This is the only way to receive a hard copy (it will be available digitally on Tuesday); the offer expires 1/1/08 or when they run out.
The Format have tentatively titled their next full-length release Holy Ghosts. The group are currently writing and arranging for the aforementioned effort, which is expected to hit shelves next year courtesy of The Vanity Label.
The Format will be performing a free, acoustic show this Wednesday, September 26th at the University of California in Irvine, California. The campus will also play host to support outfit Melee. The Format will be supporting their latest release, Dog Problems, which is available now courtesy of The Vanity Label.
The Format's forthcoming DVD, Live at the Mayan Theatre, is now available for pre-order. The purchase of each pre-order will packaged with a free autographed poster. The DVD is scheduled for release on November 13th courtesy of The Vanity Label.