Today brings us once again back to the very beginnings of my career in music production. Dave Warguleski, performing as Wargo, is a musician I have known for years, he was the singer of Anarcoustic, one of the first bands I worked with. With that band he co-wrote most of the music and penned all the lyrics; passionate stories about the struggles of the lower class in the face of an oppressive government. As a frontman, Wargo brought huge energy to his band’s brand of acoustic-electric-folk-punk, and I loved the months I spent with him in their basement, crafting two records that helped me grow into the producer I am today. After years as Anarcoustic, the band split up and Wargo spent months honing his song-crafting for solo material.
As a solo performer Wargo’s music is more true to himself as an artist than anything I’ve heard him write before. His sense of songwriting and lyricism have evolved but he’s put his political motivations on the shelf and turned inward. His songs reflect the changes in his life as he works long hours, struggles to find time to pursue a degree, and begins to refine his identity as a man and musician. These songs tell stories of fighting expectation, of the community that music brings, and of defeating the odds stacked on us day in and day out. You can still hear the inspiration and energy of punk beneath these songs, but Wargo has developed a way of transforming that into surprising ballads, and more traditional singer-songwriter formats that add a new dimension to his music and draws you in to the more personal, intimate subject matter.
Wargo is a musician who’s coming out of a phase of transition, which lends itself so well to writing. I loved getting to record and talk with him again after a few years off. Wargo represents the spirit of the working musician who lives a life worth commenting on, as it speaks to the collective experience of all of us 20 somethings trying to make our way in this world. To learn more about Wargo, head over to his facebook page and say hello.