Already recognized for their alternately soaring and moody, skillfully crafted brand of indie pop, Wild Cub take a bold step forward with the grand, commanding Closer. These 11 playful and rousing songs – produced by Daniel James (of the band Canon Blue) and mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, Mutemath, Saint Motel) – are armed with stadium-sized choruses, yet also carry an emotional depth, and range from kinetic dancefloor-ready grooves to epic, fist-pumping rock and roll.
Singer/guitarist Keegan DeWitt often uses some of his life's most pivotal moments to evoke listeners' personal feelings of specific places and times, with each song like putting a finger to the live wire of some of our most common and connective emotions. The result is the compelling, dynamic Closer, which brims with a raw vulnerability that cuts through the everyday clutter to something more intimate and real – all while feeling truly universal and somehow larger than life.
Faced with the challenge of topping the success of the originally self-released Youth – which the band wrote, recorded, and produced themselves in a small Nashville house – they initially headed into a big studio with a top producer to begin tracking. That approach proved stymieing, however, and they chose to scale back, instead returning to the heart and beginning of the band: they once again transformed a house into a makeshift studio, and began recording again, joined in this familiar setting by producer James. In re-immersing themselves in the same independent method that had connected with an audience around Youth, Wild Cub created Closer on their own terms.