Take the power of metal, mix in some edgy, throat-lust induced sexuality with some blues tinged vibes and stir in the visually arousing goddess looks of a rock & roll bad girl and you start to envision the wanton energy of Taylor Momsen at the head of The Pretty Reckless. She brings back memories of some of rocks fire brewed unapologetic in your face freedom. Like the searing heat that glam rock used to be with Motley Crue, Ratt, and Van Halen and influenced by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and those bad girls from The Runaways and the hotness of Debbie Harry of Blondie that made fans rock, sway, stomp, and get lightning in their pants, Momsen struts like no one else in rock today. And damn if she doesn’t do it with style and substance.
The bands new album, ‘Going To Hell’, is a blast from start to finish. The opening track ‘Follow Me Down’ has you listening to crickets, running water, faint sirens and Momsen’s unadulterated moans of pleasure in the throws of orgasmic bliss. That just gets all of us going and then the guitars and band fire at will as the music pounds us into ground pounding beat that slides into a bluesy break only to grab you by the back of the neck and thrust you back down to the ground. Musical genius at work and it’s only the first song.
With tour stripes earned since their 2010 ‘Light Me Up’ debut and follow-up EP ‘Hit Me Like A Man’ (2012), the band ruled the road with stalwarts Evanescence, Guns N’ Roses, and Marilyn Manson. Razor & Tie scored big with The Pretty Reckless as they only seemed to get that much better and brash; it shines through on ‘Going To Hell’.
Tracks like ‘Going To Hell’ simply destroy you with her brazen admittance of an on the edge lifestyle and she even apologizes just a bit for it with the words “Forgive me father..”, a youthful statement to freedom of choice and embracing all that society tries to tell us is wrong for us to do. She teases a priest in the video here and simply melts the screen with her off the planet hotness.
The bands video ‘Heaven Knows’ features scenes challenging the strictness of school authority and society itself, Momsen smokes as kids watch television screens with various imagery and then she is in a black robe that she rips open revealing her covered only by a black painted on cross. The bands image and her as the hottest women in rock simply thrust them from a great rock band into the outer edges of best in the world right now. The musicianship and songs are just that good.
The band has earned praise from everyone from Rolling Stone:
"This New York band’s brash second album rages with the upbeat, beat-wise humor that hard rock has suppressed ever since grunge. ‘Heaven Knows’ and ‘Why’d You Bring a Shotgun to the Party’ are full-on glam stomps about troubled teens...Taylor Momsen...also belts out reams of Catholic guilt. One song, riding a pistonlike ‘Edge of Seventeen’ pulse, is called ‘Absolution;’ ‘Going to Hell’ has its own confession-booth scene. Father, forgive her."
--Chuck Eddy, ROLLING STONE, March 27, 2014
“This is a shell-shocked, stripped-down form of modern rock 'n roll that sounds at times like HEART in their early years and even their most recent few albums. Taylor Momsen carries some Lita Ford edges to her vocals on a couple songs, but she assumes her own identity brewed of rock, blues and country and she is well on her way to becoming a force in hard rock.… [Going To Hell is] a fierce and entertaining record.”
---Ray Van Horn, Jr., BLABBERMOUTH, (March 3, 2014)
After a recent run in Europe with Fall Out Boy, The Pretty Reckless are coming back to the US for The Golden Gods Awards and several festivals around the country in April and May before heading back to Europe in June/July. See the dates and venues below. The Pretty Reckless have created a masterpiece with ‘Going To Hell’, go pick it up today and learn more at the links provided below.
The Pretty Reckless is:
Taylor Momsen - Vocals
Ben Phillips - Guitar
Mark Damon - Bass
Jamie Perkins – Drums
GOING TO HELL Track List:
1. Follow Me Down
2. Going to Hell
3. Heaven Knows
4. House on a Hill
5. Sweet Things
6. Dear Sister
8. Blame Me
10. Why’d You Bring a Shotgun to the Party
11. Fucked Up World
12. Waiting for a Friend
13. Going To Hell (Live Acoustic) *
14. Sweet Things (Acoustic) *
Los Angeles, CA
Tampa Bay Times Forum
Monster Energy Fort Rock
Fort Myers, FL
Welcome To Rockville
Central Iowa Expo
Peoria Civic Center
Rock On The Range
Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
Liberty Memorial Park
Kansas City, MO
Donington, United Kingdom