Taylor Momsen (vocals, uitar), Ben Phillips (guitar), Mark Damon (bass) and Jamie Perkins (drums)
Rock 'n' roll isn't dead. It just needed a good, swift kick in the ass. The Pretty Reckless arrived right on time for the job.>
Their second full-length album and first for Razor & Tie, Going To Hell, debuted in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Meanwhile, in addition to garnering over 13 million-plus YouTube/VEVO views, the first single "Heaven Knows" became 2014's most successful song at Rock Radio, clinching #1 at Mainstream Rock for 12 consecutive weeks. After its follow-up "Messed Up World" seized the top spot, the quartetTaylor Momsen [vocals, guitar], Ben Phillips [guitar], Mark Damon [bass], and Jamie Perkins [drums]made history, becoming the second female-fronted group to enjoy two straight #1 hits at the format. The last time this feat was accomplished happened in 1984 with The Pretenders.
The mainstream embraced The Pretty Reckless's raw, raucous, and real rock 'n' roll. Rolling Stone praised the album, and they performed at 2014's iHeartRadio Festival alongside the likes of Coldplay, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Paramore, and more. Over the course of 2015, they'll support Nickelback on a sold out world tour. To date, their album and single sales clock in over a million. Still think rock's dead?
Produced by Kato Khandwala, Going To Hell represents not only the band's evolution but the genre's as well. "We just want to make songs that move people," exclaims Taylor. "That doesn't change. It felt great to complete something we're happy with, but immediately we wanted to make more. Creating is an addiction, so the journey is really a creative process. We constantly need to beat what we did before."
The record's third single "Follow Me Down" slithers from an acoustic intro into a strangely sexy refrain. It begins soft, and then hits hard, dangling a forbidden fruit in the process. "'Follow Me Down' basically started as a blues, folk song," she goes on. "It tells the tale of a young girl and her relationship with an older manone of my favorites on the album. It came together quite easily and was actually one of the first songs we cut. There are a lot of elements to the intro. That sets up the narrative of the song, a sexual encounter, and a rural atmosphere. Laws are being broken, and the story kicks in."
Meanwhile, the story of The Pretty Reckless truly starts with Going To Hell. They've broken down the walls, and now they're building a legacy of their own.
"This is the first record that sounds close to what we really are," Taylor affirms. "It's the first step in the right direction. Going To Hell is all about being where we want to be, and we want to stay there."
Source Razor & Tie Records, 2015.