With a new CD and their banging headlining tour, The Pretty Reckless has been able to stand out as one of rock’s latest and greatest bands. Taylor’s raspy voice is reminiscing of Courtney Love and Shirley Manson and just like them, is able to keep the audience on edge as she gives herself to them.
The Pretty Reckless is a hard rock band led by Taylor Momsen, best known for her role in the hit series, Gossip Girl as Jenny Humphrey. After a year of promoting their self-titled EP, The Pretty Reckless is now going all out on their first, full blown CD titled ‘Light Me Up’. Light Me Up includes the songs from their EP plus other hard rocking songs like their single ‘Just Tonight’ and ‘Miss Nothing.’
Light Me Up is an album whose sounds are very nostalgic. Taylor’s musical inspirations like The Beatles and 90’s grunge is very palpable in every song. The band does not need to follow in the footsteps of other female-led bands to accomplish what many only dream of. Lately, the music industry has seen a flood of pop-rock bands that, in their attempt to be different, end up sounding quite alike. The Pretty Reckless is the complete opposite, they own up to their musical inspirations naming bands like Sound Garden or Stone Temple Pilots as their musical guide. Taylor Momsen is a girl with a maturity well beyond her age, she along with the band, is able to take the listener through a series of painful lyrics with a blues and grass roots sound mixed with grunge and a bit of metal to accomplish that signature hard rock sound from the 80’s and 90’s.
Their descriptive musical expression is not the only impressive thing about Taylor or the band. The Pretty Reckless were at The House of Blues in Houston Texas last Friday, February 18th. and were able to drop jaws on stage and keep them that way throughout the concert; girls and boys alike scream at the top of their lungs as the band comes out from backstage and present Taylor to the audience. Taylor wears her expected reveling outfit, which happens to be red this time. The back of the dress is even more revealing as the audience realizes it is a type of see-through mesh fabric which leaves very little to the imagination. The Pretty Reckless proves to the audience why they are headlining their own tour as they expose the amount of energy they have to give to their audience. Even though the venue left a lot to be desired, the band pulls through and Taylor projects her voice in a way only true rock gods can. The band knows exactly what they are doing as Taylor leads, not just the band but the audience into a journey of head banging tunes that left everyone wanting more. Taylor interacts with the audience and they go insane as they leave to later come back for an encore. The concert was a fantastic display of music without the need of all the pyrotechnics and paraphernalia other bands depend on.
The Pretty Reckless proved to be a well-founded hard rock band that is sure to keep giving the audience tunes and shows they won’t soon forget. You can find their album at local music stores such as Cactus Music located on 2110 Portsmouth in Houston TX. To learn more about The Pretty Reckless and their upcoming concerts go their website where you can even sign up to get e-mails and newsletter from the band.