1. The Format: Dog Problems
I think everyone has a musical soulmate. That is to say, everyone has a special person in their life that opened their eyes to cool music. Some people have multiple musical soulmates. I probably had about three. The first would have been my cousin who introduced me to Green Day and the Offspring, the second would be my best friend Jeff who introduced me to a ton of great pop punk bands and the last was my friend Lauren who introduced me to all the indie bands that changed my life.
Lauren was a grade ahead of me and when she went away to college discovered tons of awesome bands. Every Summer we'd do a mix tape exchange to introduce each other to new bands and one that first mix tape she gave me was an acoustic demo from a band called The Format. I immediately loved the song and when I heard that The Format's new album Dog Problems was coming out (and featured the studio version of Snails) I went out and bought it having no clue what to expect.
From the very opening note I was hooked. Suddenly the first song just leads directly into the second song and I was completely invested it. That album never left my car, I'd play it for everyone. It never seemed like anyone had the appreciation for the album that I did. The word Love doesn't do justice for it. I wanted to listen to it over and over again, I memorized it word for word and learned every song on guitar.
I don't think I'll ever be as obsessed or captivated by another album again. As much as I have enjoyed the music Nate has made with fun. it seems like Dog Problems was this perfect moment where ideas, lyrics and music all combined in a perfect 12 song moment.