Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless Talks 'Light Me Up,' Headlining Tour
The Pretty Reckless
Rocking out and getting sweaty next to complete strangers might not exactly sound romantic, but it's an unconventional and fun way to spend Valentine's Day this Monday. The Pretty Reckless comes to town to play Martini Ranch on their first headlining, intimate club tour, after the Taylor Momsen-fronted band sold out 2,500-seat venues overseas. Momsen is taking a break from acting on the television show Gossip Girl to focus on the band, which just released their debut album, Light Me Up, last week. We caught up with the 17-year-old singer, actress and model to talk about the band's new album and tour.
Why did you decide to form a band with the people you did? In this industry, to find people who have the same vision as you is really challenging because it's such a pop-oriented market. It just sort of naturally fit.
Tell me about the process of recording the album. We worked on the record for a year and a half. We wrote and recorded the record at the same time. It was a very different process from how records are usually made, going straight to the studio to record all night until 3 in the morning (because of the show). It was a pretty grueling process.
Describe the songwriting process. In the beginning, when you're writing with anyone, it takes a minute to solidify the direction you want to go and how you work best together. "Make Me Wanna Die" was the first song written for the record. It kind of the set the direction and bar we had to equal.
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