Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Pretty Reckless in UK's Metal Hammer magazine

Blonde Ambition
Ignore the celebrity ties and cutesy looks, The Pretty Reckless rock hard!

The brainchild of 17-year-old actress, model and musician Taylor Momsen, The Pretty Reckless have just released their debut album, Light me Up. Most will know Taylor from US TV show Gossip Girl, but don't be fooled by her red carpet smile; this kitten's got claws...
"Yes, I've had highs and lows," she says, "But nothing I'll discuss... If you wanna know about my fucking life listen to my fucking record!"
Wary of her background, it's no wonder Taylor is defensive about the focus being on her, not her music or the band.
"Either people know me from Gossip Girl or they don't," she states. "I just hope people will listen to the music first before making their minds up - that's what's importat. Yes, I'm an actor, but that has nothing to do with the music. I'm not just trying to sell 'me'."
And this credibility shows in the rawness of the record.
"I was raised on The Who, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones... I was raised on the greats and that's what comes out in the record. My management have been very supportive and when I signed to Interscope I was very clear that I had no interest in making a pop record - I wanted a real band. It's no fun on the road when it's just you."
It all started in 2008 when Taylor met guitarist Ben Phillips and producer Khandwala. She then fired her first band a year later because the "didn't fit with (her) music style" and she formed a new band with Ben, bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins.
Taylor is reluctant to explain specific song meanings, admitting that it's all very personal but with stories hidden inside larger narratives.
"I like autobiographical songs, but I want people to have their own take. Some sound literal but are actually metaphorical. It took two years to write the record so I don't want to just say what the song means in a sentence."
So read what you what you will into songs from the album like Miss Nothing and Nothing Left To Lose and Blonde Rebellion and make up your own mind when The Pretty Reckless return to the UK in the new year.


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