Vinyl LP pressing. 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 of the last few years. 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. 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. "My favorite part of tracking was when Luke and I got to play a Steinway grand together during the outro of 'New Starts in Old Dominion.'" 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.