Dog Problems

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Dog Problems
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Studio album by The Format
Released May 19, 2006 (digital)
July 11, 2006 (physical)
Studio The Bank, Burbank, CA
Genre Indie pop
Length 47:16
Label The Vanity Label
Producer Steven McDonald
The Format chronology
Live from the Living Room: Volume One
(2006)
Dog Problems
(2006)
And Now I Hope You're Alright – Live in California
(2006)
Singles from Dog Problems
  1. "Time Bomb"
    Released: August 18, 2006
  2. "She Doesn't Get It"
    Released: March 6, 2007

Dog Problems is the second and final album by American rock band The Format.

Background[edit]

The group supported Motion City Soundtrack from mid March to early April 2006.[1]

"The Comprise" was ironically written as a response to Atlantic Records asking The Format to write a "hit single" prior to dropping them.

Release[edit]

An MP3 version of Dog Problems leaked to the internet almost two months before its official release date. In response, the entire album was immediately made available digitally for only $7.99, through the band's online music store. Dog Problems was released on July 4[2] on The Vanity Label, The Format's own record label, through their management company, Nettwerk. Releasing Dog Problems through their own label allowed the band complete creative control, while still offering them national distribution through Sony BMG. In July and August, the band went on a summer tour with support from Rainer Maria and Anathallo.[2] When asked what the second single would be during an interview with Absolutepunk.net, Nate Ruess responded, "It had better be 'Time Bomb'." "Time Bomb" saw a UK release on August 18, 2006 on vinyl, coinciding with the band's tour of the UK supporting The All-American Rejects.

From late October to mid December 2006, the band supported The All-American Rejects on their Tournado 2006 tour.[3] "She Doesn't Get It" impacted radio on March 6, 2007.[4] On June 14, the band performed Dog Problems in its entirety the at Mayan Theater in Los Angeles, which was filmed for a potential DVD release. In early July, the album was released as a free download over a two-week period. Ruess explained that the group knew that "kids aren’t buying music. We’re going to see if we can’t pick up 20,000 new sets of ears by offering the album for free."[5] Following this, the band went on three month headlining tour across the U.S. They were supported on various dates by Mike Berbigllia, Limbeck, Steel Train, Reuben's Accomplice, The Honorary Title, Ollie Wilde and Piebald.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net (95%) [6]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [7]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars [8]
The A.V. Club B+ [9]
IGN (8.9/10) [10]
Spin 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars [11]
PopMatters (7/10) [12]

By July 2006, the album had sold over 17,000 copies.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sam Means and Nate Ruess, except as noted.

  1. "Matches" – 2:10
  2. "I'm Actual" – 3:47
  3. "Time Bomb" – 4:01
  4. "She Doesn't Get It" – 3:51
  5. "Pick Me Up" – 3:46
  6. "Dog Problems" – 4:11
  7. "Oceans" – 4:48
  8. "Dead End" (Means, Linda Perry, Ruess) – 4:08
  9. "Snails" – 4:09
  10. "The Compromise" – 3:27
  11. "Inches and Falling" – 3:30
  12. "If Work Permits" – 5:28

iTunes Exclusive Track

Japanese Edition Bonus Track


Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Deborah Avery – clarinet, sax
  • Peggy Baldwin – cello
  • J'Anna Jacoby – cello
  • Randy Jones – tuba
  • Johana Krejci – violin
  • Paul Loredo – French horn
  • Jean Marianelli – French horn
  • Rory Mazella – clarinet, sax
  • Mike McGuffey – trumpet
  • Jim McMillan – trombone
  • Kethleen Robertson – violin
  • Dave Ryan – trombone
  • Roy Wiegand – trumpet
  • Adriana Zoppo – viola

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Motion City Soundtrack announce 2006 tour w/OK Go, more". Alternative Press. December 12, 2005. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "The Format touring with Rainer Maria, Anathallo". Alternative Press. June 8, 2006. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ "All-American Rejects touring w/the Starting Line, Motion City". Alternative Press. September 19, 2006. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ "AllAccess.com Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. February 27, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "The Format to give away new album; plan tour, live DVD". Alternative Press. June 4, 2007. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  6. ^ AbsolutePunk review
  7. ^ Apar, Corey. Dog Problems at AllMusic
  8. ^ Alternative Press review
  9. ^ The A.V. Club review
  10. ^ IGN review
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ PopMatters review
  13. ^ Kohli, Rohan (July 26, 2006). "Soundscan Results: Week Ending July 23rd, 2006". absolutepunk.net. Retrieved February 12, 2016.