The Wagner Logic - Easiest to Grab
Record Label: Wildherhood Records
Release Date: December 6, 2007
Though they list their style as "shoegaze" and "basementia," the music most closely resembles jangly, indie pop. Sure, it's quirky and peculiar in spots, but this is an indie band after all. Opening song and title track “Easiest to Grab,” is a bit squeamish in its lyrics as it details a yarn about sex that’s both uncomfortable and yet also incredibly catchy. On the laid-back number “Arizona,” where lead singer sings, “I’m going to Arizona. Tempe, Arizona to be exact / Where babes are like bees on my honeycomb / Gonna fill my car with water balloons.” For those unaware of the subtlety, the water balloons he is referring to, are in fact, condoms. And that simple fact sums up the lyrical territory of The Wagner Logic. No, not all the songs are about sex, but quite a few are, and it’s all a bit sophomoric and corny.
Musically though, The Wagner Logic are as good as it gets. The aforementioned “Arizona” moves beyond its slacker start and takes off in the next 40 seconds, turning the song turns on its head and culminating in a gorgeous song with a great chorus that would make College Music Journal slobber. The band’s skill are in its guitarists James Glaves and Jeremy Wagner who weave together inspired riffs that are angular, resilient and antic. Second song “Ambulance” is their most accessible and floats into early Modest Mouse territory. “The Bird Song” finds the group in brit-rock mode, as atmospheric guitars and a slight "shoegaze" bent brings this song home. The opposite of that is “So Hard”, which displays a subdued indie-pop side that is bolstered by a chiming keys-inspired melody. Like most of the songs on the release, it’s over before the three-minute mark. Opening track “Easiest to Grab” doesn’t even clock in past two minutes. On closing track “What Began to Splinter” the band once again displays the atmospheric guitars and the ambient, trance-like movements, leaving the listener yearning for more and anticipating the next release.
Formed in a laundromat in Kasiloff, Alaska in 1999, the quartet boasts a heavy dose of confidence, polish, and sterling musicianship. It's apparent the band has spent a good bit of time putting this release together, and the time and dedication shows. There are few, if any, missteps and the end result is something that’s affecting and memorable. In just nine songs, The Wagner Logic cement their status as a band on the rise.