What bands DON'T use "formulas"? Look at it this way: Lots of classic rock bands used a formula like, intro-verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-guitar solo-chorus-end. The original punk bands usually got away without even using a bridge: intro-verse-chorus-verse-chorus-(maybe a small solo or break)-verse-chorus-end. Most, if not all bands, have used a basic formula in their songs. LP tends to follow the classic rock formula, the first one I put, without the guitar solo. Most stuff has a formula to it except for like, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Coheed and Cambria, Rush, Tool, Dragonforce...gee what do these bands all have in common? Oh, they do epic songs that are like 7 or 8 minutes long, sometimes even longer. And guess what? Every single one of those bands also has short, concise, 3 and a half minute songs that DO follow a "formula." So unless you expect LP to become a prog rock/experimental band, start throwing guitar and drum solos in every song, or start doubling the length of their songs, don't expect the formula to go away. Every band that ever was anything big has used a formula to their songs at some point, and believe it or not, some damn good songs have been written that way.