The first incarnation of indie rock quartet the Forecast came together in Peoria, IL, in 2001, comprised of Dustin Addis (vocals/guitar), Rhys Miller (drums/vocals), Jared Grabb (guitar/vocals), and Marsha Satterfield (bass/vocals). The bandmembers took inspiration from both their blue-collar roots and acts like Braid, Rainer Maria, and the Get Up Kids. They debuted on Illinois' Thinker Thought Records in 2003 with the Proof of Impact EP, produced by A.J. Mogis (Bright Eyes, Cursive). Playing shows with the likes of Planes Mistaken for Stars, Hey Mercedes, Liars Academy, and Ultimate Fakebook, the Forecast began carving out a name for themselves around the Midwest.