Pretendo is a three piece indie-rock band from NYC featuring; Stephen Calhoon on drums & vocals (formerly of Skeleton Key, Mono Puff, Enon); John Castro on bass & vocals (formerly of The Rugburns, Daoson For); and Devon E. Levins on guitar & vocals (formerly of Creedle, aMiniature, Daoson For).
Formed in 2004, they released their self-titled debut recorded at Fun City by Wharton Tiers (Helmet, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) on Country Club in 2005.
Jack Rabid described them in his review in The Big Takeover as "abrasive, fast, and whooshing with classic indie rock urgency…catchy like Superchunk, tense like Mission of Burma, spunky like Pitchblende, and chunky like Unrest." He went on to say "Castro's bassline serves as an unfettered lead instrument. Calhoon's drumming is precise and rigid, and Levin's guitar is ponderous, atonal, ringing, and busy like early-Wedding Present or Rites of Spring. Rather excellent."
Currently, the band is putting the finishing touches on their sophomore outing "Pretendo II" recorded and mixed by Martin Bisi, featuring cover art by Ron English, and due out in early 2008.
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