The Formal Age

The Formal Age is back after a two-year hiatus, now with vocalist Danielle Gort added to the lineup. The original members — guitarists Jake Jonker and Ryan Wiisanen, keyboardist Phil McGrath, bassist Jay Rahman and drummer Adam Helbach — consistently brought hook-heavy indie rock to Duluth-area shows circa 2011 to 2015. They described their sound back then, and continue to describe it now, as “the love child of the Pixies and the Cars raised by Bruce Springsteen.” Think anthemic power-pop with political and scientific lyrical themes. The band’s 2014 release 1923-2319 contains 13 examples.


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