The Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen performing.
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The American Rock band The Reckless was originally formed in New York, New York USA, in 2009 and consisted of Taylor Momsen (Lead singer and rhythm guitar), John Socolo (guitar), Matt Chiarelli (Bass) and Nick Cabone (Drums). Their name was changed from The Reckless to The Pretty Reckless due to trademark problems. In December the band released a new promo ‘Make Me Wanna Die’ and the song was offered as a limited-time free download on theirInterscope Records website.

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The song also appeared as a launch on the 2010 film Kick-Ass where it appeared in the ends of the credits. It was also the band’s first single released in May 2010. Secolo, Chiarelli andCarbone left The Pretty Reckless in 2010. In their place Ben Phillips (Lead guitar), Jamie Perkins (Drums) and Mark Damon (Bass) joined the band. The signing up with the InterscopeRecords label took place in 2010. And after the signing two recordings of demo songs ‘He Loves You’ and ‘Zombie’ were released on their Myspace. The band released an EP in June 2010 with the songs: ‘Make Me Wanna Die’, ‘My Medicine’, ‘Goin’Down’. The Pretty Reckless’ debut album ‘Light Me Up’ was due to be released in August 2010, but was delayed until February 2011. The band’s second single ‘Miss Nothing’ off their album was released in the UK in August 2010 and a video of the song was also released. The first single released in the USA was ‘Just Tonight’. Two singles, ‘You’ and ‘My Medicine’, were released off the album in 2012 and videos thereof were also released. The release of their second EP ‘Hit Me Like A Man’ was also released in March 2012. In December 2012 the band released their fourth single ‘Kill Me’. The song was also featured at the end of the series Gossip Girls final episode.

September 2013 saw The Pretty Reckless signing up with the Razor & Tie label. In November 2013 the band released their first single ‘Heaven Knows’ off the new album. The Pretty Reckless released their second studio album ‘Going To Hell’ in March 2014. The Pretty Reckless became the first female-fronted band to reach #1 on the Radio Rock chart with its first two single releases ‘Heavens Knows’ and ‘Messed Up World’ in September 2014. The 2014 Kerrang! Awards the band won 2014 Hottest Female “Taylor Momsen”. The Pretty Reckless’ genres are: Hard Rock; Alternative Rock and Post-grunge.

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THE PRETTY RECKLESS has begun composing music for its fourth album, the band has confirmed. The upcoming disc will be the follow-up to "Who You Selling For" , which arrived a year ago. That effort was produced by THE PRETTY RECKLESS 's longtime collaborator Kato Khandwala and featured songs written by singer Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips . Phillips told 99.7 The Blitz at this year's Louder Than Life festival that THE PRETTY RECKLESS is "working now" on new songs, adding that "we have a lot of inspiration." Added Taylor : "It's a very crazy time in the world right now, so there's a lot of things to speak about. It's slamming you in the face." Ben concurred, saying: "It's coming at you as hard as a hammer. It's almost hard to discern. Usually you're waiting for something and now it's almost too much, it's almost overwhelming." During a separate interview with 97X at Louder Than Life , THE PRETTY RECKLESS bassist Mark Damon said that the band had "some ideas and some bits and pieces [of new songs] here and there," but he explained that "it's virtually impossible to write on the road. So I think the real writing is gonna come when we get off the road and [ Momsen and Phillips ] can really go into their headspace to do it." Damon also confirmed that Khandwala will once again be at the helm for the upcoming record. "He's part of the family," the bassist said. "He's a fifth member of the band. He's an integral part of what we do, and he keeps us honest, he kicks our ass in the studio and makes us step up our game, so not having him would be difficult." THE PRETTY RECKLESS drummer Jamie Perkins said that the band hasn't yet come up with a new angle for the upcoming album that will make it stand out from the group's previous releases. "I think we're gonna always try to push ourselves in new directions anyway, so it's never a pre-set notion, like, 'Let's do this,'" he explained. "It's just kind of like, they'll write a song, and it just sort of turns into what it's gonna be." THE PRETTY RECKLESS ' European tour will kick off on November 15 in Copenhagen, Denmark.