Pretend I’m Not There


years active: 2015 – present

Pretend I’m Not There is one of B.J. Pearce’s projects. B.J., if you don’t know, is a hard-working Springfield musician active in the punk and experimental scenes. Overall, its genre tags on Bandcamp (“ambient” and “ambient drone”) are rather misleading, however, and perhaps intentionally so, since if you go into this expecting to hear mellifluous, ostensibly “ambient” sounds similar to Marconi Union, Brian Eno, Stars of the Lid, or what have you, it’s a total rug-pulling feeling, which is interesting in and of itself. Could that be a practical joke perhaps, intentional or otherwise? After all, listening to this release [Transient], categorically it’s much more “experimental noise” than it is anything close to traditional ambient. It actually more reminds one of the wildest moments of Sonic Youth or its offshoots. In many ways, even so, (Pretend I’m Not There) is quite difficult to categorize, and that’s very much telling of its timeless value.  – Timothy Donavan Russell (parts taken from Best of Springfield Music 2016 writeup)

B.J. Pearce

related projects:
Bad Banshee
Christmas Cannamela
Livin’ Thing
Loses The Mighty
Our Lady
Torture Trend

links: bandcamp