Opinion: The Pretty Reckless are the best rock band in 40 years

October 18, 2019 6:26 PM

These folks are talented in a way I haven't seen in years. Just watch them perform on YouTube. The singer's range and the way she can stretch it out is extraordinary. The first time I heard them on the radio back in 2010-11, I couldn't believe it was on the air. Their tune "Follow me Down." It seems to be about a frickin' blow job, for cryin' out loud. The lead singer is Taylor Momsen, a child actor who we saw in that show "Gossip Girls." She says acting is a piece of cake, performing live is what it's all about. Mind you, with all this "incel" stuff, maybe their tune (it's absolutely phenomenal rock) "Why'd You Bring A Shotgun to the Party" is a bit inflammatory. Drums, bass, lead, singer. Power trio with a great, great front. So refreshing! Really hope they can make more music together.
posted by dustpuppy (4 comments total)

Pepsi blues?
posted by umbú at 9:51 AM on October 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

They announced a fourth album this month. I first heard them on a Rocksmith track, but didn't go hunting for other tracks until recently, which was my mistake. Momsen is like a female Chris Cornell, she's got great rock pipes. Some of the lyrics on the second album (Going to Hell - or Catholicism: The LP) were a bit heavy on the EvilRock cheese, and they may have course-corrected a little and lost some of the hard-out fun on album 3 (their ballads have always been hit or miss) but I'll definitely be checking out album 4 to see where they go next.
posted by Sparx at 7:25 PM on November 21, 2019

OK, I have listened to exactly 30 seconds of one of their tracks, and am already bored enough to make my judgement, as Arbiter Of All Musical Taste™

> Opinion: The Pretty Reckless are the best rock band in 40 years

Rebuttal: Let's start with bands that were not in existence until 1980—not even counting debut albums or anything. Just when they said, "Hey, we're a band." Let's use this as the list of possible bands to choose from that are better than The Pretty Reckless.

Immediately I am overwhelmed by goodness. Best Band? They're all the best and by the way your favorite band sucks™.

Sorry, I'm itchy from quarantine. But really... Bow Wow Wow. 40 years is a long span of time.
posted by not_on_display at 9:00 PM on May 13, 2020

If you thinks they’re amazing, do yourself a favor and check out Juliette and the Licks. Best in probably 25-30 yrs.
posted by kinnym at 12:24 AM on July 24, 2020

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