Buffalo, New York’s Wild Once is set to release its first full-length effort, titled The Place You Are Meant To Be Lost, on October 27. Recorded in late 2022 at GCR Audio with Jay Zubricky (Every Time I Die, Beach Slang, Pentimento), the album sees the group take on a more traditional tracking approach, recording the instruments individually, instead of live, off-the-floor like their previous EPs.
This is the group’s most finely massaged batch of songs to date, with extra time spent finding the right sounds to convey the raw emotion that each piece deserves. Those familiar with the band can expect a refined, panoramic output. The band has shared the video for the single “Can’t Get Enough.”
“We’ve been friends with Dave Courtney (videographer) for a really long time,” says vocalist/guitarist Tom Mayer. “He travels with the NHL hockey team, the Florida Panthers. They were coming to town for a matinee game against the Buffalo Sabres. Their flight got in pretty late the night before the game, so our window to make the video was overnight only. We ended up shooting the video from midnight to 5 AM. Our songs are mostly pretty melancholy and sad, so we have tried to offset that by making ridiculous, silly music videos. We quickly worked off a story board the best we could and Dave edited what we had. It was exhausting, but we had a ton of fun as usual.
“This was one of the first songs we wrote while taking a break from seeing each other during the pandemic,” Mayer adds. “Matt had been sending me random drum grooves and I digitally manipulated one of them into a loop and demoed this song over it. I liked writing that way so much that we ended up doing it for a few other songs on the record as well.”