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New music from Pretendians Band coming in 2023!


We just completed a recording session of 13 songs at Sparta Sound with Rich Mattson. The tracks are being reviewed/mixed and will be mastered in the very near future. We're really excited to bring these new tracks to life. We know you'll love them too. Stay tuned and thank you for your support!

Thomas Draskovic – Vocals/Guitar

Al Grande – Guitar

Jilleo Candyhands - Bass

Christine Bartyzal - Drums

Based in NE Minneapolis, MN
Founded in 2014
Genre: #Rock #NativeRock



Pretendians Band is a Native American rock band that calls Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota home. Formed in 2014, the group has made a name for themselves by infusing their music with a modern indigenous perspective, crafting a dynamic and energy-fueled brand of conscious rock music.

Despite the name of the band, Pretendians Band is not pretending anything. Most of the band represent the Oceti Ŝakowiŋ (7 Council Fires) of the Dakhota/Lakhota Nation, hailing from Standing Rock, Rosebud, and Crow Creek tribes.

"As a Native American band, we speak out against the appropriation of our culture, of our history, of our image. Our lyrics speak to that, and it becomes clear that we are against non-genuine images of our culture.“

At the heart of Pretendians Band's music is a commitment to celebrating their indigeneity and history, while also exploring the challenges and opportunities of the modern world. The lyrics touch on themes of identity, justice, and empowerment.


With a rapidly growing fan base and a reputation for live performances, Pretendians Band is poised to make a significant impact on the world of rock music and beyond.


Pretendians Band’s music is a testament to the resilience, creativity, and power of indigenous people everywhere, and a reminder that the spirit of rock and roll fears no boundaries.

Check us out and see for yourself!


Pretendians Band draws inspiration from a wide range of rock influences and has crafted their unique brand of rock music by joining it with indigenous-centric lyrics, told from a modern Indigenous perspective.


Pretendians Band's sound is characterized by ripping guitar solos, booming rhythms, and powerful vocals with deep lyrics, creating a sonic landscape that is electrifying and inspiring.

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Pretendians Band Vids

Pretendians Band Vids

Pretendians Band Vids
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All Native Band Pretendians | Art Is...

All Native Band Pretendians | Art Is...

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Pretendians Band - Back For More

Pretendians Band - Back For More

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Halloween Party 2022

Halloween Party 2022

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Various Photos throughout the years.