Subscribing to My Youth
'Subscribing to My Youth' is a big step forward for the Woodbridge, Virginia power pop band, sure to please old fans while attracting legions of still-unacquainted folk. Ever since 1998, with the release of their self-titled debut, Temporary Basement has been pummeling the NoVa/D.C. scene with sweet sounds that can go from emo to reggae to metal to alt-rock all within the same song. Guitarist Mike Favila levels the crowds with his self-effacing lyrics and overdriven Gibson riffs on such songs as 'Maybe I' and 'My Hands Laid Bare.' A recent graduate of James Madison University, he is now back in Woodbridge and trying to devote more time to the band (especially when his boss isn't looking). The fact that the three of them are family makes it all too easy to do so. Cousin Erik Ulsaker's funky slunky bass work can contribute a beautiful melody on new tracks like the Beatles-inspired 'Two Radios' or provide a steady anchor to the rhythmic masterpiece they call 'The Bus.' He has been going to Radford University for the past year, gleefully making the commute back to DC for every show and session that Temporary Basement requires of him. His interests include lacrosse and finding a closer college. Then there is the brother Emil Favila, who provides better backing vocals from behind the kit than most drummers with twice his experience. At 19, this heaviest of heavy hitters is also the youngest member in the band. We hear that he could outrow everyone else on the Woodbridge High crew team, but he refuses to brag about it. Emil sings lead on the album closer 'Yearbook,' a surprisingly mature look at the nature of school hallway relationships and the decade of summertime blues that accompanies graduation. Yes, that is his xylophone tonefully sprinkled among several songs on the new CD. Since the most unfortunate death of their other guitarist Kevan Ulsaker in 1997, Temporary Basement has shared the stage with several area guitarists, but none of them has been able to duplicate the groovy and silky methods of the original. Lucky for us, this band is still aiming to please and excel with 'Subscribing to My Youth.' Emil Favila: vocals, drums, xylophone Mike Favila: vocals, guitars, piano Erik Ulsaker: vocals, bass Sean Urban: guitars Erik Bruner-Yang: keyboards all songs recorded and mixed by JP Maheu and TB.