Indie power-pop stalwart Yuma House started to make waves in its Washington, D.C. home base following the release of its second album, Future Perfect. The album earned local publication The Journal "Local Album of the Year" award. The paper's music writer, Lou King, referred to the closing song Smiles as not only "brilliant" but also his personal "song of the year."
Before becoming the toast of Washington, D.C.'s local rock scene, the quartet (comprised of singer/guitarist Don Brasek, guitarist Danny Espinoza, bassist Eric Chang, and drummer Lee Huber) released its self-titled debut album in 1998. Following impressive college radio play for the album -- added on over 200 college station playlists and charting on a dozen -- Yuma House began to host its music on various websites, exposing the band to an even broader audience.
The band then began to hone its sound in shows in the Washington region, and continued heavy promotion of its first release on the Internet. The result - a deal with Garageband Records in 2001 and the release of its follow-up album, Future Perfect.
Yuma House found unprecedented success online at Garageband both in online playback (8 of 10 songs voted into the site's top 100 songs) and online CD sales. On the heels of that success came an extensive East Coast tour to promote the album that stretched as far west as Chicago, where the band performed at the International Pop Overthrow Festival.
Following the early 2002 demise of the Garageband Records label (although it continues to promote Yuma House in its reborn web-centric incarnation), Yuma House set to work on writing new material for its next release: a glacial project that has spawned brilliant, yet unrecorded (as of yet) gems.