That's crazy. I was only 9 when it came out. I first heard it in middle school a few years after it was released and I haven't looked back. It was like a gateway into a completely different world of music. I still listen to it today and find new things I love about it. Definitely one of my all-time favorite albums.
TAYF and Saves The Day - In Reverie/SWYA got me into independent music. crazy its been 10 years, album still means a lot to me. it doesnt get as many plays nowadays, but still love it. def gonna listen to it all the way through later
That album was a HUGE part of my freshman year of college. It was also the first album I ever reviewed (for a long gone local 'zine) and I never would have guessed that they would've blow up the way they did.
A side note, TAYF's anniversary really makes me think back on how much technology has changed in the intervening ten years. TAYF was one of the first records to really benefit from file sharing and CD burning as far as growing an audience. They were playing to big crowds that new every word on the west coast within months of the release which never would've happened even a year earlier.
Also, post TAYF, I remember it being a big deal to stay in and stay up late to watch Jimmy Kimmel Live to watch the debut of the new TBS (with Fred). That simply wouldn't be the same kind of event now with streaming, youtube, ect.
The rawness and energy in this record has never been matched for me
Every song has its place, one of the lines from track 3 even has a place on my arm
It got me through a lot and I still love playing it to this day