Monday, November 1, 2010


Tall, Blonde and Beautiful - Taylor Momsen is the epitome of the blonde bombshell especially when you factor in her carefree rock and roll lifestyle and her new band The Pretty Reckless (that will be touring in December!) 

Despite her current image Momsen had a very humble and religious upbringing in St. Louis, Missouri.  However, unlike most others her age; by the time she was seven years old she was playing a leading role opposite Jim Carey in ‘The Grinch That Stole Christmas.’ Steadily her acting career grew and at present she plays the wild child Jenny Humphrey on the hit US show ‘Gossip Girl,’ now in its third season. Surely that would be enough for any 17 year old starlet? Well obviously not for Momsen because she has decided to tap into the music industry by forming a band called The Pretty Reckless.

Unlike most ‘actress turned rock-star’ transformations, Momsen’s music, style and live shows seem  genuine as opposed to the short lived careers of her counterparts; whose stage
presence consists solely of ripped hosiery, lashings of black eyeliner and an overwhelming sense of awkwardness. Momsen’s vocals are fiery and deep, her inhibitions are left off stage and her music  is passionate. Lyrically, there could be some improvement but who are we to judge - she isn’t even old enough to drink alcohol!

The Pretty Reckless - as a band, seem to mirror the sound of Courtney Love’s solo album ‘America’s Sweetheart’ and no, we aren’t pigeon holing Momsen based solely on the colour of her hair. Love and Momsen are very similar because they are both very talented and driven. They aren’t just recording artists, these powerful women in this genre dominated by men are role-models and amazing live performers. The Pretty Reckless will be playing some gigs in the U.K next month so be sure to catch them!

13th  December @ Glasgow O2 ABC
14th December @ Manchester Academy 2
15th Wolverhampton @ Wulfrun
16th London @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

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