The Method and Result: Electronica Meets Lyrical Inspiration

Megan and Mason Wendell understand the importance of musical camaraderie when it comes to their band The Method and Result. This Philadelphia-based couple has toured together for over 10 years with several other bands, but they decided to form their own group in 2002 when their music started moving in a different direction. On March 23, 2004, The Method and Result sent their melodic creation into the world by co-releasing their first official EP, The Things You Miss, with The Losing Blueprint and KiraKira Disc Records.

When asked about the new release, Megan said, “We’re pretty psyched. It’s an EP and we recorded enough for a full length, but we decided to do an EP first.”

The Things You Miss was definitely worth the wait for Megan and Mason. “Sometimes when we’re shut in the studio making the recordings or when we’re involved in the promotion part of it we start towonder if there’s anyone out there listening. We can feel a bit isolated,” Mason said. Fortunately for the duo, their fans were listening.

The Method and Result kicked off their recent tour by performing at a record release party to an enthusiastic crowd on their home turf in Philly on March 25. “The record release party was really a party in the celebratory sense. Everyone was there to have a great time, and it felt like people were genuinely happy and excited for the new CD and also for the whole show,” said Mason.

Although only six songs in length, The Things You Miss doesn’t miss a step in its invention of an original sound combining hauntingly beautiful lyrics within its electronic beats. The EP opens with solid orchestrations in “Party List” and the later songs focus on Megan’s melodic voice wrapping around magical beats. Megan’s vocals, which feel reminiscent of a stylized Sarah McLaughlin, really balance out the booming electronic sounds of the record.

The song “Safety Scissors” blends rhythmic thumping with genuine lyrics about the turmoil of truth in a relationship. It’s the lyrical additions to an otherwise formulaic electronic sound that sets The Method and Result apart from other electronic pop groups. Electronic music often places more emphasis on the overall musical experience, rather than focusing on the lyrics on an equal level. In regards to their own brand of indie electronic pop, Mason said that their music “introduces lyrics into electronica and messes with the genre.”

Both Megan and Mason studied music throughout their lives and their individual talents each lend a uniqurything from capacitors which need better fidelity, amplifiers, the mic-pres and microphones.

“I usually try to buy equipment that keeps its value; I avoid computer-related stuff,” he says. “So if I ever would go to sell anything, I’d still get a good value for it.”

Upstairs, he rents out an apartment to bands that come from out of the area. It has an open kitchen, dining area, and living room with comfortable couches and chairs, and bedrooms in the back. His wife helps out with the cleaning (though she seems to be the only one working at the moment), and his two sons, ages three and six months, test the carpet’s comfort level.

“This is why I don’t let the studio dictate my life,” he says. “I don’t work 12-hour days, and everybody understands that. My family is the most important thing in the world….It’s an amazing, amazing thing.”

When asked if his kids show any desires for music, he thinks a moment: “Ivan’s got a good voice when he sings the ABC’s. I can tell he hits all the right notes.”

For the future, Talbott has plans for Great Western RR, including building a wall where a curtain now hangs, extending the back room, and putting booths in. He keeps investing in the old building, partly just to maintain it, but also because he keeps thinking of new ideas and improvements.

“It’s hard, but I can’t complain,” he says. “It’s such a neat place. I like coming out here sometimes, just putzing around and cleaning. And I just like coming out here and being by myself sometimes, thinking of new things to add.”
And considering the new sounds that have come out of Great Western RR and those that will come out in the future, it seems Matt Talbott has built a new old kind of basement.