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Ok I’ve been in love with this song by Steel Train for about 2 weeks now, and it’s time I admit it. The weekend before last my wife and I went on an impromptu storm chase after being awe-struck by some of the coolest cloud-to-cloud lightning we’d ever seen – and as we went racing around some of the state routes west of Indy this was the song that was blasting from our open windows. And can you even try to think of a better storm-chasing song? I dare you to.

Well I just got my hands on the rest of these New Jersey boys’ album, and so far I’m loving every bit of it. The fantastic blogger who turned me onto these guys described them as “indie kids doing their best, brilliant shot at Springsteen”, and I think she hit it right on. It’s got all the fist-pumping power of Born To Run’s finest moments all wrapped into one little song. In addition to their NJ forebear, I also hear shades of The Format in their grand shimmering sound, which really puts a smile on my face. How funny then that just this afternoon I got an email from Nate Ruess about his latest project (fun.), in which he added:

“Oh, and if you haven’t purchased the new Steel Train yet, you’re crazy. I’m a competitive person, so for me to say that it’s the best record of the year, prolly means that it’s my favorite record of the last 5 years. Truly inspiring. Run, don’t walk over to their website.”

‘Nuff said.

mp3: Steel Train – Bullet
from the album Steel Train (buy it here)

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ARTIST: Sam Means


What could have been?

The Past: We could speak of The Format in the present tense. We could eagerly await a new release, a concert, or perhaps just knowing Nate and Sam were out there making music was enough.

You can’t live your life kicking yourself about missed opportunities or wondering what might have been had things played out differently. Dwelling on the past is toxic.

The Present: Nate and Sam are still making music. Although it might not be together, its still great.

Lets celebrate that.

We’ve talked often about Nate Ruess and his success with fun. But what about Sam Means, the other half of the supremely wonderful band, The Format?

Well he’s making some pretty great music too. Did we expect anything less?

mp3: Sam Means – Love and Pain
from the soundtrack The Sinking of Santa Isabel (Amazon/iTunes)

While purusing Sam Mean’s Twitter account I happened upon this with the associated caption (or tweet?), “Our new band.” That’s certainly exciting.

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