With a pep in its step and proudly touting a style reminiscent of ’90s alt-rock hits, “Pretend You Know” is the latest single from Argonaut & Wasp. Featured last year with the track “Composure,” the Brookyln-based duo wrote “Pretend You Know” with the intention of crafting a summer jam “inspired by ’60s and ’90s pop with a high energy video to match.” The result certainly succeeds, sounding parts New Radicals in its chorus-focused energy, with the ceaseless punchiness also reminding of Blur’s more energetic staples. Added guitars converge with charismatic vocals in the chorus to result in a fully memorable hook, with the guitar-laden bridge following the two-minute mark bringing a pleasant lushness, before re-emerging with a bustling melodic charm.
Chatting more about the track and video, member Trey says: “It was a crazy dream… Imagine sitting in the backseat of a car with Smash Mouth’s Steve Harwell (but is he really Guy Fieri?) dressed up as Sergeant Pepper ripping down ‘66 with Mike D as Co-Pilot playing all the unreleased Beastie Boys demo’s. Yea… so we wrote a song about it.”
“Pretend You Know” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2020’ Spotify playlist.