The Format was an indie pop band formed by Arizona natives Nate Ruess and Sam Means. They went into a hiatus on February 4, 2008. Their style can be considered a mixture of indie, alternative, punk, and folk music, with elements of 1960s and 1970s pop music. Though Means and Ruess are the foremost members of the band, they have toured and recorded with Mike Schey, Mark Buzard, Don Raymond, and?for the DVD recording and summer 2007 tour?The Honorary Title's current drummer and The Format alumnus Adam Boyd. The Format chose their name to make fun of the music industry's inclination towards a cookie-cutter "format" for a hit.
Before forming The Format in 2001, Means and Ruess, who have been friends since grade school, had been part of the band Nevergonnascore and released the EP "The Byron Sessions" as well as the band This Past Year, which had generated some record label interest but not a deal.