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World Leader Pretend is a five-person rock band from New Orleans, featuring Keith Ferguson (vocals/guitar/keyboards), Parker Hutchinson (keyboards), Matt Martin (guitar), Arthur Mintz (drums), and Alex Smith (bass). The band formed in 2002, and their name comes from the 5th track of the album Green by R.E.M…

Their first album, Fit For Faded was released in 2003 on Renaissance Records, a New Orleans label. After some touring with Emerge Music, the band decided to record in The Walkmen’s studio in New York. The stars lined up for the bad and a bidding war ensued for World Leader Pretend resulting in the highest signing bonus since 50 Cent.

In 2004, they were signed to Warner Bros. World Leader Pretend was given a two album deal with an option of a third. An appearance at the first annual CMJ Cleveland and a slew of North American tour dates coincided with the June 28, 2005 release of their major label debut, Punches. World Leader Pretend was also featured on the Today Show following Hurricane Katrina. The band is currently in New Orleans recording their second record under their Warner Brothers contract, their third overall. The band was recently featured stating that the new album will be much less “pop rock” and will be going in an entirely new direction. With the song writing talent of Keith Hutchinson at the helm, there is little doubt the music will continue to grow and change.

Fit For Faded

Panic Button
The Driving Rain
Your Tax Dollars At Work
A Small Thought
Fit For Faded
Fire With Fire
Flow
Headlights
Shape-Shifter
Fish
Theme

Punches

Bang Theory
Dreamdaddy
New Voices
Punches
Lovey Dovey

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  • rainingsool

    http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=5uxDTYJ81uc

    26 Nov 2008 Reply
  • oc325

    I remember I saw them at the end of their opening for Hot Hot Heat and the last song sounded heavy and atmospheric. Not sure what song it was, but I do like A Grammarian Stuck In A Meidcal Drama.

    13 Sep 2008 Reply
  • astrobleme

    Heehee, Dan. Last I heard Keith was still working on a new album, I think it's just going slowly.

    29 Jul 2008 Reply
  • uselessgoo

    keith, the singer, is working as a cook at fat harry's in new orleans and working on the album out on the west coast.

    21 Mar 2008 Reply
  • DreadfulHero

    What the hell happened to this band? No updates on their Myspace page in ages, and no new word on anything new either. You would think that if they were holed up recording they'd say something, or if they had broken up they would say something, too. Seriously, don't they know they're a band in the internet age?

    8 Feb 2008 Reply
  • fantastische

    World Leader Pretend is my fav REM song, great name for a band --sounds like they're really good, I need to get my hands on some of this :-)

    13 Jun 2007 Reply
  • NickGerli

    Would anyone be kind enough to send me the song Fit for Faded?

    11 Jun 2007 Reply
  • osmark

    Can't believe that these guys aren't more popular than they are. It remains a mystery to me.

    31 Mar 2007 Reply
  • warhola

    why did their website turn into a porno site? :/

    2 Mar 2007 Reply
  • AidMade

    IF YOU REALLY WANA SUPPORT THIS BAND OTE FOR THEM FOR UGO'S BEST LIVE ACT OF 06. THEY NEED A LOT OF HELP!!! VOTE!!! www.studiougovote.com

    5 Dec 2006 Reply
  • brand929

    One of the best bands to come out of my hometown of New Orlenas. These guys are fantastic!

    22 Sep 2006 Reply
  • srmtpp

    Great band. They need more support!

    20 Jun 2006 Reply

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