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.