February 22, 2009

let’s cause a scene, clap our hands and stomp our feet

This past Friday afternoon, I had a day off work with some good company. As we drove back from a few of my state’s many fine craft breweries, we discussed the now-defunct Arizona band The Format. My friend was curious what all the fuss had been about their live show, which I told him was one of the best I have ever seen.

Thinking about that conversation tonight, I pulled up the video I shot at Denver’s Gothic Theatre in September 2007. After watching it again, I still feel as explosively happy as I did when I took it, while all of us in the crowd shouted along at the top of our lungs. This was one of my favorite concert moments up to that point, and remains still:

The First Single – The Format

The Nate Ruess half of The Format is now in a band called FUN, while Sam Means has been recording music with Michelle DaRosa (Formerly of Straylight Run) for her new project, Destry.

I love these guys, and I miss the magic they created together.

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  • Couldn’t agree more. I had the chance to see them twice and they were 100% high energy. Damn I miss these guys.

    Bryce — February 22, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

  • I saw them 9 times and they were absolutely amazing every single time.

    Paul — February 22, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

  • I saw them 11 times and they were awesomely awesome each and every time. Great intellegent and fun pop music.

    What a voice.

    Joe — February 23, 2009 @ 12:54 am

  • I so miss The Format, the one chance I had to see them Nate got sick and couldn’t play…damnit.

    I’d kill to see more video of this concert if you have any…let me know.


    kerry — February 23, 2009 @ 11:10 am

  • These guys were absolutely incredible. Thankfully, the demo from Fun captures all of The Format’s musical magic, AND there’s another great band called Steel Train making just as fantastic power-pop. In fact, Steel Train’s lead singer joined with Ruess for Fun.

    adam — February 23, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

  • Yeah, Steel Train! They opened for The Format once, and I saw them again at Bonnaroo… Say, Heather, you should check into them… wonderful tunes.

    Bryce — February 23, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

  • Aw, I miss the Format! I’m off to put on “Interventions & Lullabies” :)

    zh — February 27, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

  • This video makes me smile, we had such a good time at that concert! Thanks to you, they are now one of my favorite bands.

    Jill — December 5, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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