Punches





They’re named after an REM song, and they hail from, arguably, the craziest party town in America, but a town known for blues, jazz, and hacky sack bands. So what do World Leader Pretend sound like? Not like any of those things, that’s for sure. In listening to their widescreen Warner Bros. debut, elements of Radiohead, UK songsmiths Vega 4 and Veils and a shake of U2 can all be heard, as well as a decent helping of good old blue-eyed soul. The brainchild of frontman Keith Ferguson, drummer Arthur Mintz, and piano man Parker Hutchinson, the New Orleans-based trio cashed in everything they had, flew to New York City and put their heart and soul into culling the musical ideas from their heads and laying them down on their debut record. And a mighty fine record Punches is. An album made of many varied parts, Punches offers up angular rockers (the Radiohead-esque title track), sweeping pop songs (“Dreamdaddy”), as well as bouncy, nu skool New Wave (“B.A.D.A.B.O.O.M.”). Hutchinson is front and center on many tracks, the tinkling of the ivories forming the basis of many of the heartfelt songs, as on the first single and album opener “Bang Theory”. Perhaps New Orleans is a heretofore untapped alternative wilderness. Will World Leader Pretend’s rise to the top of the Big Easy’s musical pot cause an A&R feeding frenzy? I’m sure it couldn’t hurt the cause.

World Leader Pretend
Warner Bros

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