The Form

The Form

 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
BandRockClassic Rock

A high energy band that shows its rock and roll talent from early rock influences. There is a strength of lead and background vocals that result in a diverse richness. We describe our original music as "Eclectic Soul Rock and Roll".

Biography

“The Form” Bio

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.

Lyrics

65 Run

Written By: The Form

65 Run
I don’t want no burnt out desk job
40 Hours and I’ve had enough
O yah I wanna run
Got a 65 red chevy and a rusty 45

Windy town I’m here in your yard
Better send her a beer scented card
O yah I hope she’ll understand
Well if not she’s got that burnt out cheatin man

My location is still unknown
A desperato that’s fully grown
MMM the cowboy’s having fun
Lonely women I need to go out and get me one

Bright Lights big city
Viva now well ain’t she pretty
Oh god you better forgive me now
Her heavenly body needs attention somehow

And were on the run
Got my 65 loaded and were heading out toward the coast

Are you ready to roll

Time Away

Written By: The Form

Want to live a little talk a little waste some of your time
When I am touching you and feeling blue I’ll take you deep inside my mind

Want to live a little talk a little waste some of your time
When I am touching you and feeling blue I’ll take you deep inside my mind

Time Away is time away

Want to live a little talk a little waste some of your time
What I see in you you’ll feel it too I’ll take you deep inside my mind

Want to live a little talk a little waste some of your time
What I see in you you’ll feel it too I’ll take you deep inside my mind

Time Away is time away

Day

Written By: The Form

You’re the flower of my eye
Since I hold the first time
Everything is so brand new
Make a wish before I die

I want you to have everything
I never got to
I want you to see everything that I don’t want to
Seeing how the world is yours
I can’t stop you
You’re the flower of my eye day I love you

I know we’ll divide some day
You will go your separate way
Off to meet your destiny
Just you know I feel this way

I want you to have everything
I never got to
I want you to see everything that I don’t want to
Seeing how the world is yours
I can’t stop you
You’re the flower of my eye day I love you

I’ll look to the sky and pray
I gave you away on your wedding day
Took me long to let you go
You gave me a gift to love and hold

I want you to have everything
I never got to
I want you to see everything that I don’t want to
Seeing how the world is yours
I can’t stop you
You’re the flower of my eye day I love you

On the Radio

Written By: The Form(James McMahon)

Last day of the month is Monday
Just trying to make some rent
Landlord been breathing down at me like he's heaven sent

I called up my friends to forget about life for awhile Steely Dan on the Radio. We're just carrying on about nothing to do. I'll just hang out.

My lady called me looking for answers. I said baby I'm fresh out. Why don't you hit the street and find out what life's all about.

I laid back and rested my heavy head for awhile. Steely Dan on the Radio. It's a Saturday afternoon and I'm just singing the blues. I think I'll turn it up.

Some people know how to lay low. They run between the shadows when they got no place to go. Nothing to do, nothing to see, living life with their congeniality. They've got no material things like you or me. Steely Dan on the Radio. There're the King of their castle with only one man to please. Steely Dan on the Radio.

Discography

Full length CD "Small Town" 2006

Mixed by Brandon Mason(David Bowie, The Secret Machines, Joan Baez, Heather Nova...) @ Smart Studios in Madison WI

Mastered by Fred Kevorkian (Willie Nelson, The White Stripes, Phish, Ryan Adams..) @ Avatar Studios in NY City

4 Tracks have been played on WTMJ AM 620 sports radio into music for "Drivetime Sports Radio Show" w/ Bill Michaels

88.9 in Milwaukee is playing our Smalltown CD. We also did a live in studio performance on 4-10-09

3 Song Demo "The Form" 2003
Mixed In Milwaukee WI

Set List

A full show consists of two sets. A full show will last anywhere from 3-4 hours in length. Our set lists usually are 60-70% original and the rest covers. The covers usually are more in the classic rock realm.

Originals:

65 Run
Moonshine Slim
Billy Bob O’Murphy
Time Away
Lies
Mother Nature’s Medicine
Rain
D-tune Slide
The Fall
Smalltown Midwestern Girl
Day
Papa Bear
Lost
Who Needs You
Magnetic Souls
Captain Stems
Black Ash Swamp
Transcendence
7 Years Later
Dark
Baby Blue
Spanish Fly
Overcome
Thank You

Covers:

Crosstown Traffic – Jimi Hendrix
Put a Spell on You – CCR
Down on the Corner – CCR
The Seeker – The Who
Rockin in a Free World – Neil Young
Time – The Chambers Brothers
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
Franklin’s Tower – The Grateful Dead
Dark Hollow – The Grateful Dead
Sugar Magnolia – The Grateful Dead
Eyes of the World – The Grateful Dead
Taxman – The Beatles
Whiskey River – Willie Nelson
Simple – Phish
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