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The present lineup of "The Form" was established in 2000, with a mission to add another original category to the genre of rock music we like to call "Eclectic Soul Rock and Roll". Members Ryan Elliott (Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitars), James McMahon (Lead Vocals, Percussion, and Harmonica), and Ryan Thiel (Drums and Percussion) have been playing together in various other incarnations of this band for over 14 years. Brian McBryde (Bass and Vocals) has been a member for over 9 years while their newest member Paul Chier (Piano, Hammond Organ, Fender Rhodes, Synths, Vocals) has been with the band for over six years.
"The Form" injects the classic rock sound of the late 60's into a new wave progressive body. Their live-sounding style employs elements such as four-part harmonies, smooth dynamics, lyrical significance, song diversity, and harmonious musicianship. Each song generates its own feeling and is not created to fit within a fixed length of time or a musical category; allowing The Form to cross beyond rock's boundaries and into Funk, Country, Folk, Pop, Anthem, Reggae, Jazz and more. The main goal in writing is to create songs that are distinctly different from the last; a philosophy that earned them the 2002 Milwaukee Original Music Battle of the Bands title.
In September 2006, after two years of hard work, "The Form" released their first full-length album "Smalltown" which was recorded at Smart Studios (Garbage, Nirvana, Beck, Everclear, etc) in Madison Wisconsin. The band set out to capture the raw sounds of the past using all the "old school" techniques and equipment and melded them with today's modern technology. This was achieved by their Engineer Brandon Mason (David Bowie, The Secret Machines, Joan Baez, Heather Nova, etc), and Mastering Engineer Fred Kevorkian (Willie Nelson, The White Stripes, Phish, Ryan Adams, etc). The album has a wide variety of songs that should appeal to many different listeners.
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