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The title track to British Indie Rock band Maccabees third album also serves as an introduction to the record. Guitarist Felix White told NME
: "We wanted the intro to be that 'I Wanna Be Adored
'-style zooming in to a record, setting the tone."
The band worked on Given To The Wild at both Rockfield Studios in Wales and their rehearsal space in London's Elephant and Castle district, before decamping to Suffolk to finish the record. "For the first time we weren't thrashing it out in a rehearsal room, we were writing on our own, at home or in our studio," vocalist Orlando Weeks told The Sun. "I think that is why the record sounds so cinematic, because it's constructed from different pieces of music we had written."
Weeks told NME why they named the album after this track: "Given to the wild, is the first line on the album (on the second track "Child") and was a title idea that we had pretty early on. But it wasn't until we'd finished recording that we could come back to it and know that it suited. It just felt right."
He added: "Being 'given to the wild,' it's not a choice that you've made. It's something out of your control."
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