Words by Ed King
N.B. At the time of writing, each UK date is presented as SOLD OUT through The Pretty Reckless website – check with a repeatable ticket outlet, or the individual venues, for returns/extras.
What do you get if you cross a creative polymath, two bands, a trademark dispute and a support tour with The Veronicas..? A bit of a clusterfu*k, to begin with anyway. But at least one that ended with a better name.
And from the flames of God-only-knows-what-happened, The Pretty Reckless were born. Again, and again – releasing their debut LP, Light Me Up, through Interscope Records in August 2010. Produced by Rock God Behind Soundproof Glass, Kato Khandwala (Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, Blondie), the ten track debut was a touch ‘generic’, according to some, but damn well delivered. And those vocals…
Four years passed until The Pretty Reckless let the studio doors fly open again, jumping to Razor & Tie Records to release their sophomore LP. But when they did twelve tracks of unashamed ROCK were unleashed on the world – complete with pounding rhythms, powerful vocals, a song about shotguns and a soundbyte of someone about to cum. And it was called Going to Hell… so there’s that.
Two years passed and The Pretty Reckless were at it once more, with their third studio album, Who You Selling For, released again through Razor & Tie Records in October 2016. Punchy, fresh, melodic (there’s even a piano in there) the third time round the studio sun showed just what The Pretty Reckless can achieve.
Now they’re on the global road to persuade us to buy a copy (not the world’s worst idea) coming to Birmingham as part of a five date UK tour – before heading over to mainland Europe, Russia, then South, Central and North America respectively.
But if you don’t hang on my every written word as if they were the POST-IT-NOTES-OF-GOD, then check out ‘Take Me Down’ – the lead single from Who You Selling For. Free will… what a jip.
‘Take Me Down’ – The Pretty Reckless
The Pretty Reckless perform at the O2 Institute on Friday 20th January, as presented SJM Concerts/Gigs & Tours. For direct gig info and online tickets sales, click here.
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