Wolves of Want
The heart of early 90s college pop rock is clearly still pumping; the sophomore release from Bent Shapes, Wolves of Wants, is all the proof you need.
The Boston-based four-piece – formerly known as Girlfriends – takes all that was great about bands like The Lemonheads, The Blake Babies and The Modern Lovers (all founders of the scene there) and adds their own touch to the mix, for a wildly satisfying record that manages to both comfortably nostalgic and fresh.
Wolves of Want marks the band’s first release with a new guitarist and bassist and is modern indie pop rock at its finest. Lyrically, they tackle some pretty heady themes, like mental illness and faith in humanity, but they go down pretty easy thanks to the band’s infectious sound. The record, more focused than their last studio album, is a rewarding collection of sharp hooks and sweet melodies without being too polished. Songs like “Realization Hits” and “What We Do is Public” manage to perfectly combine song-along choruses and garage rock guitars. (John B. Moore)