The Pretty Reckless are Going to Hell

The Pretty Reckless are Going to Hell

The Pretty Reckless: Taylor Momsen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ben Phillips (lead guitar, backing vocals), Mark Damon (bass) and Jamie Perkins (drums).

the_pretty_reckless_-_ep Here’s a band that I was actually aware of for some time but only recently listened to and I was completely blown away. The reason I didn’t pay attention before was because the singer is actress Taylor Momsen from the tv show Gossip Girl, and I just assumed (wrongly) that it was another band not to be taken to seriously. Which is usually the case when a teenaged actress starts singing and cutting tracks. Such is NOT the case with this band. I caught a video on you tube by accident (I was aiming for the video above it) and man, I’m just glad my aim was off that day.  I have since learned that Taylor Momsen has always been into the music. She cut her teeth on the Beatles (her #1 favorite), the Who, AC/DC and so on. She views her acting as a day job and her music is what she does because she loves it. I believe she actually left the tv show due to an upcoming tour which backs up her day job statement. Not that she needed to back it up though. Watching them perform it’s obvious she’s serious about it. She’s one of the best rock singers I’ve ever heard, male or female. She’s a rock star to the bone like she was born to it. And on top of all that she co-wrote all the tunes on the new album “Going to Hell”.

This is a seasoned hard rock outfit of solid musicians. Heavy riffs, solid backbone, explicit lyrics and everything that’s rock and roll!. It reminds me of when “rock and roll” was like flipping The_Pretty_Reckless_-_Going_To_Hell_(Official_Album_Cover)off the establishment. With titles like “Make Me Wanna Die“, “Fucked Up World” and “Why’d You Bring A Shotgun To The Party” this crew is flipping them off with both hands.

One other thing, and I’ll only say this once, Taylor is smokin’ hot. That certainly doesn’t hurt anything at all but seriously that is NOT why I like this band. I mean really, I could have watched them a long time ago if I wanted to just look at her.  It’s part of the appeal, no way around that, and I’m not complaining, believe me. But if the music wasn’t good they wouldn’t last very long in the choked out music market even with her looks. And the new album came out at #5 on iTunes and only talent can get you there. So here is there new video for you to check out. Oh yeah, don’t just turn the volume up. CRANK IT TO ’10’ AND TEAR OFF THE KNOB!

Russ

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