Friday, April 13, 2012

#whitegirlproblems?: The Pretty Reckless - "Make Me Wanna Die" (Taylor Momsen)

Taylor "Cindy Lou Who" Momsen and her [teen] angst-filled Alternative Rock band, The Pretty Reckless are gearing up to join Marilyn Manson's Hey Cruel World... Tour. Momsen has been on "indefinite hiatus" from her infamous Gossip Girl acting gig since roughly 2010. But she's made good use of her new-found downtime, re-inventing herself and perusing her Rock "N" Roll fantasies along with The Pretty Reckless. Taylor Momsen says she's creatively influenced by Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Soundgarden, The White Stripes, and Oasis; She's reportedly been messing around with music since the age of 8 and upon signing with Interscope Records (2009), has recruited a variety of band members, which now include: Ben Phillips, Mark Damon, and Jamie Perkins.

The Pretty Reckless' discography currently consists of one album and 2 EP's. The bulk of which, including full-length Light Me Up, were written-recorded along with famed producer Kato Khandwala. Sometime between 2010-12, Taylor Momsen decided to up and "quit acting forever" to focus on her green music career. While they've produced 4-5 music videos, The Pretty Reckless' most note-worthy claim to fame just might be "Make Me Wanna Die." It's companion clip features Momsen pouring her heart out and slowly literally stripping down, juxtaposed against the moonlight/fire. During "Make Me Wanna Die"'s peak in popularity, the track was strategically placed within Action flick Kick-Ass, an episode of Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries' trailer, and even Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2011). If any of this seems mildly interesting, feel free to check out The Pretty Reckless on a string of state-side Marilyn Manson Hey Cruel World... Tour dates [through May 3rd] and pick up a copy of their latest effort: Hit Me Like a Man EP.

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