Since the demise of the criminally under appreciated guitar pop maestros the Format, we’ve heard plenty from Nate Ruess. Billboard Hot 100 hits with fun., Grammy wins, and a solo album have all peppered his public resumé. But what about the seminal Arizona band’s other songwriting half?
Sam Means is readying his debut solo album and Billboard is excited to premiere a new song from the set. Check out “Other Side of You” below:
The Format’s later music was about as lush and orchestral as pop-rock music can get, but on this solo track, Means goes back to basics. The song’s undeniable catchiness is harnessed in stop-start jabs of guitar and bass, and the hooks are plain as sunshine. But hey, this guy did take part in the Format’s panoramic masterpiece Dog Problems and a full film soundtrack, so he adds some strings to highlight the melody.
“Other Side of You” is the third track on Means’ debut solo album 10 Songs, due Jan. 22 on Hello Records. Pre-orders are available here.
Means wrote the songs in 2014 in Phoenix with former Format bandmates Don Raymond Jr. (bass), Marko Buzard (guitar), and John O’Reilly Jr. (drums). The album was produced by Steven McDonald earlier this year in Los Angeles.
The film soundtrack we mentioned above was for the 2009 indie flick The Sinking of the Santa Isabel. Its song “Yeah Yeah” might be familiar, as its been used in commercials in over two dozen television commercials. Aside from that, Means spent his time since the Format starting the merch company Hello Merch.
If you’ve never indulged in the greatness of the Format, do yourself a favor and check out the aptly named 2003 song below: