Temporary Basement – Subscribing to My Youth

Temporary Basement
Subscribing to My Youth

Temporary Basement is a powerful rock band from Virginia, textured by duel vocals and guitar drive. They grew on me pure and simple. Although I did not fall in love with them, after several listens I found quite a few beautiful melodies hidden in each track. The styles were different, but at first I thought the singer had to be the same guy from San Francisco’s Eleventeen. Both bands’ vocals are not the kind you hear everyday so they immediately stick out. It’s a very throaty, pushing, sort of constricted voice. It can seem whiney or strained, but it sounds great that way. It is very close to that of Talk, Talk or Marillion from the 80’s.
The band uses excellent guitar work reminiscent of No Knife; however, I will admit the violin on the fifth track made the song more disturbing to me then enjoyable. Perhaps that was the intention, I’m not sure. Usually I love violin and harmonicas at all times, unless, like in this song, they are shrieking in a sort of strong and powerful scream. The song in itself is very powerful and aggressive in a non-hardcore way. It is just one of the more intense of the LP.
There is sometimes just too much circus noise with what appears to be xylophones and other tinkering within some songs. It’s not often, but take for instance “Trapped Between Two Moments.” I loved the opening, and as the song progressed it became to noisy for me. The use of instruments outside the usual drums, bass, and guitar is always a bonus, and that does add to Temporary Basement’s sound in a lot of ways. It just isn’t always that pleasant. For instance, the piano in the following track rocks, but it again has that stressing disturbing feel that is beneficial in the sound and mood of the song.
Temporary Basement has collectively gathered a great mix of up-beat pop-riddled songs with more serious intense sounds to create an over-all quality CD. The message in the artwork throughout as well as the majority of lyrics is rekindling youth and the happiness of younger days. The title Subscribing to My Youth is a fitting one. The band gives the impression that a live show would carry the same powerful intensity and maybe a little less noise. Subscribing to My Youth is not my favorite CD of the year, but as I said it has grown on me immensely from the time I received it, and there is no telling where it could rank by the end of 2002 if it continues to climb. There seems to be an unveiling of more greatness with every rotation.