Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Music: Hail Young Pretenders; Also Playing: My Pretend Orchestra

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Music: Hail Young Pretenders; Also Playing: My Pretend Orchestra

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Byline: Andrew Pain reports

BETWEEN wrecked disco balls and discarded kazoos hides hot new Teesside band MY PRETEND ORCHESTRA, boldly playing pop songs through an inventory of pocket grooves and assorted mix tapes.

Their boundaries are an elastic band that stretches from pillar to post, the bleak playground of their music a madcap ride where melody is a mere by-product of their co-ordinated follies.

Playing at the Empire in Middlesbrough tomorrow night, the band were formed when local legends The Romance split up, singer Mattie Chipchase went on to form Billy The Kid while the others became My Pretend Orchestra.

This new group was originally a solo project for guitarist Danny Bloomfield with the intention of making big, striking pop songs in the vein of Beck, Lou Reed and Damon Albarn.

His ethos was played out in his bedroom where, alongside a microphone and muted television, he made the first radio friendly escapades on record with a loop-pedalled brightness and a salute to Lou Reed. …

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