Words by: Kristyn Clarke
Photography by: Ken Schuler
I have to start this review off by saying that if you have not had a chance to check out The Pretty Reckless then you don’t know what you are missing. The band fronted by Taylor Momsen are incredible performers and put on one amazing rock show. My only complaint is that they did not play long enough, while I know that they have only released one full-length album and a new EP, I still would have loved to see them play for just a bit longer than their strict 45 minute set.
I was about to catch up with The Pretty Reckless front-woman Taylor Momsen prior to the band’s set. Listen to the interview below where we discuss her incredible performance with Marilyn Manson at the Revolver Golden Gods, upcoming touring plans for The Pretty Reckless, music, and more!
Throughout the show most of the spotlight is on Taylor Momsen, due to her Hollywood fame, however I can not fail to mention the talent that pours forth from the rest of the guys that make up The Pretty Reckless. Guitarist Ben Phillips is phenomenal and the chemistry between Phillips and Momsen is especially showcased during their beautiful duet “Cold-Blooded” a gorgeous track off the band’s latest EP “Hit Me Like A Man”.
Taylor takes on the role of front-woman with ease, interacting with the crowd and wowing us with her incredible vocal range that reminds me of Courtney Love/Debbie Harry lovechild. The last time I had a chance to see The Pretty Reckless was during their opening stint for Guns n” Roses, and it seems with each and every performance Momsen grows more confident and seems more in touch with her emotions on stage.
Music from The Pretty Reckless is all about honesty, as brutal as it can sometimes, and they carry over that honesty to their live performance, as we the audience are going through the same range of emotions as the band on stage. Despite the short set, the band managed to pack quite a few songs off their debut album “Light Me Up” into their set, as well as a few covers which included a fantastic version of System Of A Down’s “Aerials”.
After this run of headlining dates, The Pretty Reckless head out on the road to open up for Marilyn Manson. Get there early to catch the band’s set!
Openers of the evening June Divided and Hollywood Kills did a fantastic job of warming up the crowd, and are definitely two bands that we should prepare to hear a lot more out throughout this year.
The Pretty Reckless set list:
- Hit Me Like A Man
- Since You’re Gone
- Miss Nothing
- Just Tonight
- Goin’ Down
- Cold Blooded
- Aerials (SOAD cover)
- My Medicine
- Make Me Wanna Die
- Factory Girl