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Scene reports. Regional styles. It all seems charmingly antiquated these days, given how social networking cross-pollination has transcended space and time. But with a hyper-literate, tightly wound, and irreverent brand of post-collegiate rock, Bent Shapes may just be the most quintessentially Boston band in recent memory. Since forming the group under the name Girlfriends in 2009, principal songwriters Ben Potrykus and Andy Sadoway have largely ignored indie trends leaking from the ''industry cities'' in favor of churning out earnest, expertly-crafted pop and post-punk laced with ''some of the tightest punk poetry around'' (Liz Pelly).
Scene reports. Regional styles. It all seems charmingly antiquated these days, given how social networking cross-pollination has transcended space and time. But with a hyper-literate, tightly wound, and irreverent brand of post-collegiate rock, Bent Shapes may just be the most quintessentially Boston band in recent memory. Since forming the group under the name Girlfriends in 2009, principal songwriters Ben Potrykus and Andy Sadoway have largely ignored indie trends leaking from the ''industry cities'' in favor of churning out earnest, expertly-crafted pop and post-punk laced with ''some of the tightest punk poetry around'' (Liz Pelly).
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Format: CD
Label: SLU
Rel. Date: 03/11/2016
UPC: 749846021823

Wolves of Want
Artist: Bent Shapes
Format: CD
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Scene reports. Regional styles. It all seems charmingly antiquated these days, given how social networking cross-pollination has transcended space and time. But with a hyper-literate, tightly wound, and irreverent brand of post-collegiate rock, Bent Shapes may just be the most quintessentially Boston band in recent memory. Since forming the group under the name Girlfriends in 2009, principal songwriters Ben Potrykus and Andy Sadoway have largely ignored indie trends leaking from the ''industry cities'' in favor of churning out earnest, expertly-crafted pop and post-punk laced with ''some of the tightest punk poetry around'' (Liz Pelly).

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2013's ''Feels Weird'' (Father/Daughter Records) offered a glimpse at the discomfort and desperation of youth, with self reflections on personal growth and decay. Over a year of critical acclaim from outlets as diverse as Maximum Rocknroll and Pitchfork, a tour with John Vanderslice, and shows with Fucked Up, Ted Leo, and The Bats followed, culminating with the addition of guitarist Luke Brandfon and bassist Jenny Mudarri. Bent Shapes spent early 2015 recording ''Wolves of Want'' with Elio DeLuca (Titus Andronicus), although Potrykus and Sadoway began writing what would become their second album long before ''Feels Weird'' was even released. The band took their biggest risk in the studio, electing to record ''Wolves of Want'' purely analog with 16 tracks. ''Even with a relatively small number of tracks, we were able to bring in some additional instruments that we hadn't added to our palette before: cello, trumpet, trombone to name a few,'' says Sadoway. Thematically, ''Wolves of Want'' is an album full of meditations on mental illness, the struggle to bring goodness into the world, and faith in humanity as a renewable resource. These themes are particularly personal to Potrykus who was diagnosed with multiple anxiety disorders after experiencing acute symptoms on-and-off for years. ''Writing about it was cathartic for me, as well -- documenting how I was feeling gave me a way of contextualizing a personal crisis that made it seem like something I could overcome,'' explains Potrykus. From first single ''New Starts In Old Dominion'' through the wiry ''Xerox Voids'' to the acoustic closer ''Intransitive Verb,'' ''Wolves of Want'' is a taut, expertly-written album that is at once personal and universal, reinvigorating indie rock with fresh relevance.

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