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