photos by Dan Savoie
The Pretty Reckless
with Parlour Mob / Hollywood Kills
March 18, 2012
Rock fans and celebrity gawkers turned up on Sunday night to groove with Los Angeles rockers The Pretty Reckless, fronted by Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen. But that’s pretty much where the Gossip Girl television ties get broken. The Pretty Reckless is a solid rock band that resembles nothing in Momsen’s acting career. With her music, fans are enticed by a gravely-voiced, charismatic young woman who controls the stage with an occasional twist of her hips and several flicks of her long golden hair.
Unlike many celebrity-fronted musical acts, The Pretty Reckless are a band to be taken seriously. Their sound is original, punchy and aggressive and their stage show, which is mostly controlled by Momsen, is captivating and extremely sexy. For this performance she wore a simple and short black dress which was open at the sides to reveal a black bra peaking out at times – the look was completed with ripped nylons and a spiked leather choker. She pulsated and gyrated throughout the show, dropping to her knees several times throughout the night. Compared to several YouTube videos of other performances, her outfit was tame by comparison, but her actions were still the same.
In the band’s fairly short set of a dozen songs, they plowed through fan favourites Just Tonight, Zombie, Miss Nothing, and Make Me Wanna Die. and they even included a cover of System of A Down’s Aerials. as well as a couple tracks from the new EP, Hit Me Like a Man. For the song Factory Girl, Momsen asked the crowd to put away their cameras and throw up their hands, which the crowd easily obeyed.
The Pretty Reckless closed their impressive Vancouver debut with a strong version of the acoustic-driven Nothing Left To Lose, leaving fans wanting more.
Openers The Hollywood Kills performed their first show as a trio because bassist Preston Jackson was stopped at the Canadian border for what the band described as a past incident involving a seat belt. Even as a trio, the band rocked the house with straight forward rock and plenty of crowd interaction. Their short 25 minute set was a great introduction to a band on the edge of breaking out.
The Parlour Mob were the oldest of the bands on this tour and it showed. The band was solid as it performed its way through about a half an hour of modern-classic rock, including favourites Can't Keep No Good Boy Down, Hard Times and Into The Sun. The band also performed their latest single Fall Back, which was also a featured cut on the RockStar Weekly radio program. With very little interaction, the band concentrated more on its music, much like early Led Zeppelin and relied on its unique rock and blues mix. Guitarist Dave Rosen even cranked out a short guitar solo with a metallic and innovative sound, showing signs that this is a band that needs to be seen in a much longer and more full set.