This five-track EP is a pleasantly quirky set of indie pop songs from St. Marys native Logan Venderlic. Songs like "Great Water" and "Me, Me, Me" -- the two standouts -- are melodic ditties, sung with a slight hip quaver and spiced up with trumpet lines. Elsewhere, "A Walk With a Girl" is a bit of folk-punk that recalls The Clash, and "Blue Pills/Red Cups" is something of a love song for the troubled.
Venderlic clearly has mixed emotions about his home state. His bio proudly touts in the opening line that he "sprung from the hills of rural West Virginia," but his paean to his hometown, "Jerkwater Town," (a catchy tune) offers a grim 'n' dim view of where he was raised
He sings, "I'm from a state, a suffering state . . . where children are born but they're going nowhere, waiting to die from the chemical air . . ." although he does (regrettably?) acknowledge: "I could never stay away for too long/the mountains are calling me back."
Ahh, but we West Virginians are used to that, and we know, sooner or later, he'll be remorseful. And then we'll welcome him back with open arms.
His self-titled full-length album was released April 17 and is also available at the website listed above.