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On February 4, 2008, Ruess announced through the band's blog that The Format would not be making another album.
More DetailsHide DetailsImmediately after the split of The Format, Ruess contacted Jack Antonoff of Steel Train and Andrew Dost, formerly of Anathallo, to form a new band called fun. They released their first demo, "Benson Hedges", through Spins September 20, 2008 article. Four months after releasing their first single, "At Least I'm Not as Sad (As I Used to Be)" through Myspace on April 6, 2009, fun. released their first studio album, entitled Aim and Ignite. Despite receiving generally positive reviews, the album was not a commercial success, peaking at 71 on the Billboard 200.
The band supported Jack's Mannequin on tour in both 2008 and 2010, and Paramore in 2010. On August 4, 2010, they announced that they had been signed to the Fueled by Ramen label. On May 17, 2011, the band was featured on Panic! at the Disco's single "C'mon". They also opened for Panic! at the Disco during their 2011 Vices & Virtues Tour.
The Format released their second EP, Snails, with Atlantic Records in April 2005.
More DetailsHide DetailsHowever, while working on their second album, Dog Problems, they were dropped from Atlantic. They eventually created their own label, The Vanity Label, and released the album on July 11, 2006.
After forming in 2001, The Format released a demo, titled EP, which generated local interest and led to the band being signed to Elektra Records in 2002.
More DetailsHide DetailsThey released their first studio album, Interventions + Lullabies, on October 21, 2003, leading to more local mainstream success. The band's fanbase began to grow.
In 2001, at the age of 19, he launched the band The Format with his longtime best friend, Sam Means.
More DetailsHide DetailsThis followed singing in the band NeverGonnaScore, however the Format was his first musical endeavor to garner widespread attention.
He attended Deer Valley High School and graduated in 2000.
More DetailsHide DetailsHaving an uncle, John Ruess, who performed on Broadway, Ruess was always somewhat interested in music and performing. He joined punk bands in high school (Nevergonnascore, This Past Year) and upon graduation chose to pursue music. He never took formal singing lessons or learned to play an instrument and was often told by peers he lacked the talent to make it professionally. In an interview with American Songwriter Ruess states, "I’m not one to take lessons, so I decided that the only way I was going to learn how to sing, if what they were saying was true, was to go in my car and put on any sort of music from a vocalist that might be really hard to mimic, turn it on as loud as possible and try to hit all those notes.” He took a job in a law firm as a way to support himself while he pursued his musical ambitions.
In 1986 his family moved to a farm in Glendale, Arizona, where he remained throughout his childhood.
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