JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

October 4, 2013
House of Blues - Dallas
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Roy Turner
Photos by Paul Wilkins

The Pretty Reckless

Sex Comes To Town As Dallas Goes To Hell

Gracing the walls of the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas, The Pretty Reckless concert was nothing short of amazing and one of the years sexiest shows on the road. Let's get what you probably already know out of the way: Yes, vocalist Taylor Momsen was most previously known primarily for her role on the teen drama show Gossip Girl. Yes this is a former actress trying to make it music. Yes, she was Cindy Lou Hoo as a child in the live action remake of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

What you may not know is that Taylor has transformed into one of the sexiest and most confrontational front women in Rock and Roll that we have not seen since the late 1970s with such singers like Cherie Currie of The Runaways and Deborah Harry of Blondie. Furthermore, in spite of the skepticisms that her pedigree might inspire, Taylor Momsen is the real deal. A bona fide Rock Goddess that can sing her ass off, with more swagger than you can handle and is overwhelmingly sexual.

Fresh off her controversial & viral Maxim magazine shoot, 20-year-old Taylor Momsen performed at the HOB with her band The Pretty Reckless in support of the new album Going to Hell.

How sexual? Taking the stage to a prerecorded track of her having an orgasm and securing her star status by coming out last, strutting to the stage to Beatles' like screams with more strength than most entire bands combined. Rock and Roll, sin and sex just seem to pour out of her - new songs reflect as such, starting with Follow me Down, then Kill Me, the title track from the new LP Going to Hell and ending with another new song simply called Fucked.

What a great fucking title for an album from someone that wants to exhibit rebellion incarnate. The album should have already been out, however they were recording the LP in New Jersey as the time that Hurricane Sandy hit, and lost literally everything and had to start over pushing the official release of the LP to sometime in the beginning of next year.

The title track featured a tight Van Halen-worthy riff from guitarist Ben Phillips, who also shined on Cold Blooded with he and Momsen both providing beautifully toned down vocals. The band shone brightest when channeling 1970s rock in the vein of Black Sabbath, rather than the likes of recent tour mates Marilyn Manson and Evanescence.

The first time I saw them was in this very building almost three years ago, headlining in the smaller room upstairs, playing a set of about half covers. This time though they graduated to the big room downstairs as headliners, the show could have still easily been held in the smaller room as I put the attendance at around 150. It might not have been sold out, but the crowd was more than what most bands could ask for-seriously dedicated fans of all ages, colors and gender who knew every word to every song.

Set List:
Follow Me Down Since You're Gone
Miss Nothing
Hit Me Like A Man
Sweet Things
Cold Blooded
Kill Me
My Medicine
Goin' Down
Make Me Wanna Die
Going To Hell
Just Tonight (Partially Acoustic)

Southside Ballroom