Keep on movin’ to this week’s thrilling new band - Chicago’s Living In Pretend are the real deal!

Welcome to 52 Songs Of Happiness, a collection of unique music from around the world brought to you by Coca-Cola. Each of these amazing new acts has crafted a one-off song for Coca-Cola based around a treasured location, as well as a Placelist with the music that makes that place so special.

Living In Pretend are the 21st act to join 52 Songs of Happiness, and another amazing band making fresh new music.  We met up with Andrew and Eli to chat over their track ‘Keep On Movin’ and their choice of Placelist.

Hi guys, how are you today?

We’re great thanks! Good to be part of 52 Songs of Happiness and Placelists.

How would you describe your music?

The band is the collective consciousness of the two of us, Andrew Lothian and Eli Noll. We write hook-driven pop/rock that falls somewhere between M83 and Maroon 5, with a blend of acoustic and electronic production elements, with layered ethereal vocal harmonies. We started writing together while working on Eli’s solo album and decided it was worth pursuing the sound we found, and since then we’ve been really lucky to get to collaborate with a lot of great Chicago musicians who inspire our songs and take them to places we could never have imagined.

Did your wonderful track ‘Keep On Movin’ come together in Chicago?

Yeah, it did. We wrote the song in our apartment on the north side of the city, then recorded it in our upstairs studio, and mixed in our basement studio. That is how most of our writing occurs.

Chicago is dear to your heart isn’t it, as you’ve chosen an area for a Placelist?

Yup, that’s right. Lake Shore Drive runs the length of downtown Chicago, along Lake Michigan. It’s one of the most beautiful ways to see the city, and our favorite spot to listen to music. The best time to drive down the lakeshore is in the middle of the night, when traffic is sparse and the city is quiet. Nothing beats it. WINDOWS DOWN!

Your sound mixes a love of melodic rock and synth sounds. Which artists have inspired the music?

Currently John Mayer, he’s the best songwriter of our generation. He respects the music that came before him, adds his own perspective, and has consistently put out great music for over ten years. Not many other people from our lifetime can claim that. He also plays guitar like the heroes of the classic rock era and earned those peoples’ respect.  

And heading back a few years, Jeff Lynne, who’s the epitome of what I want for my career. Apart from Electric Light Orchestra, he’s had a successful solo career, created the Traveling Wilburys supergroup with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and George Harrison, and is a respected and in-demand producer with an extensive list of collaborators. He didn’t confine himself to one aspect of music, and has constantly expanded his list of accomplishments. We’d love to do the same!