I know. I know. I said I was going to try to stick to bands that you probably haven’t heard of, but here I am telling you about The Pretty Reckless. Why? Because I don’t want you to make the same mistake I did.
When I heard that actress Taylor Momsen (Gossip Girl and How the Grinch Stole Christmas) had a band, I laughed. Little Cindy Lou Who has a rock band? Why of course she does. A young, dumb, blonde, talentless, Hollywood actress is going to get an instant recording contract because she’s already famous. Just great. Did I bother to listen? Absolutely not because I knew it would be garbage just like every other actor/actress’s attempt at a music career has been.
Years go by and I don’t pay any mind to The Pretty Reckless or anything that they do. Then the Rock on the Range lineup is announced, and I still don’t pay any attention. As I’m driving to work one day, my local rock station plays the new Pretty Reckless single, “Heaven Knows,” and I decide to actually listen to it. Wow. The Pretty Reckless are actually…good.
After spot checking songs off of their first album, Light Me Up, and their EP, Hit Me Like a Man, I realized what a terrible, stupid assumption I had made about this band. Momsen wasn’t stupid or talentless and The Pretty Reckless aren’t garbage. They’re honestly a good, solid rock band. Momsen’s voice is really mature and sultry. There are some pop-ier moments that you hear sporadically, but they never last too long.
The moral of the story: Don’t judge little Cindy Lou Who by her first career choice.