Before I start, I just wanted to announce that New Music days are now Tuesday. I don’t have as much time as expected on Mondays to write, and Tuesdays have consistently been easier. And with that, let’s start with the artist of the week!
The Pretty Reckless. You’ve probably heard their songs “Follow Me Down” and “F***ed Up World” on the radio, but never knew who the singer was and just enjoyed the song when it came on. How do I know? Because that was me. I didn’t look up the artist name until I heard”F***ed up World” and was curious about who sang such a daring song.
So who are they? The Pretty Reckless is a New York City-grown rock band, currently signed with Razor and Tie. The band was formed in 2009 around lead singer Taylor Momsen, who was then acting on Gossip Girl. The lineup changed twice before the final lineup solidified in 2010. That lineup consists of Momsen, Ben Phillips (guitar), Mark Damon (bass), and Jamie Perkins (drums).
Honestly, these guys freaking rock. Like with Ready to Fire, if you dig female lead singers then you will absolutely love TPR. Momsen is this gorgeous, kick-ass rocker chick with a this raspy, catchy voice that you’ll just fall for instantly. It pairs perfectly with the fast and hard music, but also softens to a soothing croon on slower tracks like “Who You Selling For.” It’s so cool to hear the change. The band’s musical influences include Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) and Joan Jett, which is clearly evident once you hear their music. Their lyrics are super raw and dark, with this emotional openness that just draws you in. That pairs perfectly with their sound, which features a mix of hard rock and blues, rockabilly almost at times.
The Pretty Reckless has three albums and two EPs released as of now, the most recent one being Who You Selling For (2016). The band released a music video three weeks ago for their latest single, “Oh My God.” One thing I love about this song is how it perfectly encapsulates how I described the band’s sound and Momsen’s vocals earlier. ♫
Like what you hear? Go follow The Pretty Reckless on Spotify, and check out their website for more info about their music, related news stories, and future shows! You can also follow The Pretty Reckless on Facebook and Twitter, and follow Taylor on Instagram. For more videos, subscribe to their YouTube! If you like what you read here, then give this blog a follow–and click here for links to my social media, which you can follow for regular updates on future blogs! If you’re a band looking for a promotion opportunity, feel free to email me for consideration for a future post!