The Format: Interventions and Lullabies


This album is absolutely amazing. I might have said that about some other albums sometime in the past but I was lying or under the influence of some sort of mind altering substance. In fact I’m under the influence of a mind altering substance right now. That substance is, of course, this wonderfully vibrant and unassuming band called The Format. They come from Arizona, a wonderful state that is full of intelligent people very similar to those from Indiana. This is proven by the simple fact that, much like Indiana, Arizona doesn’t change timezones twice a year.

The First Single is my favorite song on Interventions and Lullabies. Not only is the tune heartfelt and poppy, the lyrics speak to me like no other song I have ever heard, ever. This is no understatement. For those of you who know me this lyric should let you in on just how weirded out I was to hear my feelings spoken with fervor and sincerity by someone else.

you know the night life is just not for me
cause all you really need are a few good friends

The Format speaks the thoughts and feelings of all its band members, giving little slices of each member’s personality in the lyrics. Nate and Sam are the main guys, but they have a bevy of other band members whose names you will become acquainted with once you go buy this CD. Nate’s [I think its Nate] clear tenor is friendly and likely appeals to cooing wet-eyed emochildren especially with lyrics that could be interpreted as quite melancholy.

For me though, the music and the lyrics aren’t melancholy at all. Oh sure, many of the songs are about how difficult life can be and have a feeling of weariness about them at times even cynical… but the music and the way Nate sings remind me of me, or the way I think of me at least. Roguish, wry, determined and a sort of droll humor or sardonic blitheness. Yeah I think that describes me pretty well, sardonic blitheness.

Since I’ve made this review about me instead of about The Format I’ll kill it here. Just go get the album.