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World Leader Pretend

World Leader Pretend:
Live at The Ascot Room in Minneapolis


Written by: Corey Tate

Shock. That was the vibe of the Ascot Room after the last note was played by World Leader Pretend. We went from a vortex of sound intensity to quietness in the breadth of a second and it took a few seconds for reality to set in. There were people walking in circles of confusion, there were calls for an encore (but the band had used all of their time onstage), and the kind of chaos you see after a storm when people come out of their houses to see what just happened.

Not knowing what to expect, I went to go see World Leader Pretend on the strength of their single, Bang Theory, and I decided I would go to take photos and check the band out. I was blown away by their attachment to the principle of their music. So intent on making every note a straight forward, honest interpretation of how music should be made, these guys worked through an hour's worth of music with the feverish intensity of stoic madmen.

And so they unloaded on us. At times the show would border on the edge of chaos... the keyboard player almost lost his keyboard when it almost fell off of its stand from pounding on it so hard. The guitars were loud and chaotic and intense. The drums pounded. And the bass player, well, he just kept bouncing around and keeping the rythym joined with the melody.

So do what you can to see this live show. Call in sick to work the next day, sell your soul, you know, whatever it takes. You won't regret it. If it's anything near what I saw, it will be
worth it.

RATING: ***** 5 out of 5 stars


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The Ascot Room, Minneapolis