¡pretend surprise! constructed their first riffs together in a storage unit outside of Wilmington, North Carolina, in the summer of 2009. Longevity and passion seem to be the math-rock band’s key motivations. “We got together out of a love for playing music,” says guitarist Matt Evans. “We stayed together because we felt like we were making something unique. We want to record and perform for as long as we can.” The act recorded their debut EP, HOTmath, with He Is Legend’s Worth Weaver—and have plans to expand their sound by adding horns, keys and percussion to future tunes.
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