Argonaut & Wasp – “Pretend You Know”


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.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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