“Dog Problems,” the second album by the Arizona rock group the Format, has been out nearly 14 months. But the band’s Sam Means says he and his cohorts aren’t getting tired of it.
“It’s an album we’re really proud of,” notes Means, adding that the struggle to get it out after being dropped by its record company only strengthened the Format’s tie to the songs.
“I think we just put a lot of our hearts into it and a lot of time, and we’re just having a lot of fun playing the songs live. We’re not even close to being sick of them yet — but we’re definitely excited to start working on some new songs, too.”
Means says the Format has “a few songs written, kind of in bits and pieces,” for the group’s next album and expects to start working on it shortly after its tour wraps Sept. 8. He’d like to see an album come out around the middle of 2008 but isn’t sure if the band will continue to operate its own Vanity Label or look for another deal.
“We’ve always kept our options open to see what’s out there,” Means says. “If someone came along we thought was great and it made more sense to be with someone else than do it on our own, we would consider it. But at this point we’re pretty solid on what we’re doing and feel good about it, so we plan to do it on our own, still.”
The Format, Piebald, Limbeck, Steel Train and Reubens Accomplice perform at 5:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 31) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.