Nate Ruess, the former front man and songwriter of the much beloved band The Format, has been quietly assembling songs for fun. This is no pun of course, as he has recruited Andrew Dost, formerly with Michigan's Anathallo, and Jack Antonoff, who is currently performing double duty with his band Steel Train, and formed the aptly titled band Fun.
Beginning September 1st, the trio will enter a Los Angeles studio with producer Steven McDonald (Red Kross) and arranger Roger Joseph Manning Jr (Jellyfish), to start work on their debut slated for an early 2009 release on Nettwerk Records. McDonald and Manning Jr both worked on The Format's 2006 breakthrough Dog Problems.
The trio has been working on material for their debut for a better part of the year and their first single will be released digitally this November, followed by a full North American tour with Jack's Mannequin beginning November 8th. But why wait until November? We have a band demo of the exclusive single "Benson Hedges" right here for you to preview.
Download - "Benson Hedges"