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"Formula" - Formula : Self titled debut album. Has had radio airplay on varios stations in eastern United States, Texas and California. Can hear tracks produced by Dito Godwin (No Doubt, Kiss, Motley Crue) at


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Sweaty and triumphant, the hardest working rock band from Thousand Oaks, CA, step offstage at the top of their game; as their savagely loyal fans scream and beg for more…

Indeed, Formula have an impressive fan base, and they’ve cultivated it on their own. The audience, which is ripe with beautiful women, comprises one of the largest draws of an unsigned band in the whole state - an extraordinary grassroots phenomenon.

But, it hasn’t always been a smooth ride. Formula have paid their dues. They may even be considered something of an underdog - but judging by the way things are starting to move along for them, they are quickly transcending that status and gaining momentum.

For guys that grew up playing next to members of Incubus and Hoobastank, it’s been about keeping the faith. Through disappointment and lineup changes they’ve faithfully kept the pedal to the metal, and maintained their dignity by refusing to change their sound or their image to placate trends. Consequently, their victories are sweet indeed.

Formula have played with Hoobastank and shared the stage with System of a Down, Alien Ant Farm, and Sebastian Bach. And, there have been several other significant victories, not the least of which was finally finding the lineup that defined them and realized their vision.

Frontman Chris DePalma brings to the table a strong voice and an even stronger presence. Guitarist Kevin Coverly, who’s actually Chris’ half-brother, reveals, “Our mother is a musician, and she’s given us all the support she possibly could because she understands what it means to go out and make things happen.”

The lineup is completed by bass player Jonathan White, and drummer Frankie Anthony. Frankie was introduced to the group by Dito Godwin, a well-known producer whose discography prominently features work with No Doubt, Motley Crue and Butterfly Boucher.

Godwin, hearing magic in Formula’s sound, brought in No Doubt’s Adrian Young to record the drums on five of Formula’s songs. But session players were only going to be a temporary fix for this exciting live act. So Godwin did some scouting, and found Frankie through Guns ‘N’ Roses attorney Ben McLane. “I knew as soon as Dito brought me into the studio that this was the band for me,” Frankie remembers.

The band continues to work closely with Godwin. “He’s like a part of the family now,” say the boys. They feel that working with a producer who “gets it” has opened up their sound and helped them to create new possibilities for what they ultimately want to convey.

Naturally, the sound has also evolved as the lineup solidified. Formula have grown more aggressive than ever, laying dynamic focus on the defining aspects of their sound, which is collectively influenced by grunge-era rock, and classic rock a la Led Zeppelin.

And, the band’s diligence and hard work have begun to pay off in the form of industry buzz. They are regularly booked by esteemed LA Promoter Sean Healy, who brightens as soon as the band’s name is mentioned. “I’ve booked Formula over the last 3 years. Their blend of aggressive alternative rock breathes with an energy and passion. Success will find its way to them,” says Healy. In fact, Healy considers them to be a promoter’s dream. “They have one of the most consistent club draws in all of LA,” he adds.

At this point in their career, the band still does everything they do for the right reasons - their peers and their audience, which is comprised of other musicians and fans who love the music as intensely as they do. And the ladies really really love them, seeming to identify with the relationship-oriented themes of their songs. Formula remains proud to have stayed the course without ever having hopped on any bandwagon. And finally, the tide seems to be rising in their direction. They are a testament to the belief that faith, drive and hard work can yield results.