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Pretendo
Self-Titled
Country Club Records
www.pretendo.tv


Pretendo's greatest achievement is their ability to land the perfect vocal line. Every song has singable, catchable phrases and harmonies that vastly makeup for any perceived shortcomings this band may have. They have mastered the rock-out sections of their songs, maintaining every bit of energy that the band puts forth. While the material isn't brilliant by any stretch of the imagination, the songs pull off different moods and feels while throwing in the occasional whimsical carefree vibes.
Sound-wise they are harder to pinpoint, sometimes I hear strains of The Cure, sometimes I catch the briefest glimpse of Devo, but always with a groove that is undeniable. Failing to describe them is only a compliment to the sound they do create, as it is utterly theier own. Also a credit to the band is the way that the album slowly evolves, such that the material varies nicely across the record, not really repeating themselves. Even the slightly off-key vocals on certain songs lend themselves to the aura the band displays.

So if you like good vocal/guitar driven rock, Pretendo is definitely something you should look for and get.

-bishop

Track listing:

1) MC Hot Chef
2) Samurai Session
3) The Scorpion
4) Never Trust a Waitress
5) Harbor
6) Eight Painters Green
7) Cherry Tomatoes


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