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Don’t let the title of Wild Cub‘s debut album fool you — Youth isn’t nostalgic by any means. Nope, it’s more about growing up than looking backward.
“I’m glad that we chose to title the record Youth, but that’s my No. 1 thing — trying to say that it’s not about nostalgia, because nostalgia seems pejorative or almost like you’re looking at it from a distance,” lead singer Keegan DeWitt told us. “I started to get a little bit older and I started to realize that so much of the people around me was being shaped by things that they desired strongly and whether or not they were getting those things.”
Translation: The record is more about the effect of growing up than what came before. The process of striving — and perhaps failing — to have the future you desire. And DeWitt and Co. know a little something about that.
Watch Wild Cub talk about the themes within their upcoming Youth after the jump.
After moving from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Nashville, Tenn., DeWitt and his bandmates — Jeremy Bullock, Dabney Morris, Harry West and Eric Wilson — formed Wild Cub in 2012. The guys wrote Youth soon after the singer/composer got married and turned 30, a “transitional period where he was “trying to understand what’s valuable and what isn’t,” he told MTV Hive.
That debut record — a synthy affair replete with dreamy snippets in time in the form of songs — will be reissued by new label Mom+Pop on Jan. 21, 2014.
Speaking of the time before Wild Cub (and meeting his future wife), DeWitt said: “I started to have this really real concern of, ‘Am I going to be too soured by the things that weren’t granted to me, by the things that I desired so much, that when that person comes I’m not going to be able to even realize it?’ ….And for me, that was the thing of youth — the idea of youth.”
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