The Pretty Reckless
April 19, 2012
After briefly subduing an increasingly restless audience with free merch, The Pretty Reckless finally took the stage 10 minutes later and launched into a hard-hitting, yet brief, 30-minute set. The rock quartet quickly reminded those in attendance why they bothered to come out.
The immediate impression - very loud. Once the eardrums adjusted - worth the wait. The crowd, full of devotees in some form of lingerie and ripped stockings, were pleased their idol, rock chick Taylor Momsen, was on stage.
The set kicked off with "Hit Me Like a Man," from their recently released EP of the same name. Momsen immediately established her rock credibility with her signature throaty, growling vocals.
Despite rumors that the actress-turned-rock-star is slightly obnoxious, the girl can sing. Thankfully, she also seems to have grown up a bit - though still only 18 years old.
As they plowed through most of the first album, she writhed on stage and used the microphone stand as a prop, especially during "Goin' Down." Still an improvement over the 16-year-old who was solely focused on trying to be a bad ass.
Speeding through each song, Momsen carried the band. Her band's musicianship was flawless, but clearly the audience was there to see her - and she delivered.
She urged the crowd to sing along, and they obliged at every offer as Momsen listened and smiled, especially on fan favorites "Just Tonight" and "Make Me Wanna Die." While some singers use audience participation as a cop out, Momsen's voice never wavered.
Another standout was "Cold Blooded," offering a haunting duet between Phillips and Momsen. "He'll love you and leave you alive, and there's one thing you must understand; you can't trust a cold blooded man," Momsen sang back and forth as though trading quips.
Though the delayed start affected the atmosphere, the Pretty Reckless turned the show around in quick order with a high-energy performance egged on by Momsen's stage presence. The set was short, but it was definitely what the fans came out for and a good display that they're all a bit more seasoned as performers.
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