The Pretty Reckless - Make Me Wanna Die
posted on Wednesday, 28 April 2010 @ 09:40 | permalink
What springs to mind at the mention of US TV show Gossip Girl? Poor little rich kids who like to shop? Stereotypical pretty girls bitching at each other and stealing their best friend's man? Grunge-style chick rock? Probably not the latter, but Taylor Momsen, who plays Jenny Humphrey in the show, is creating a buzz with her band The Pretty Reckless, releasing their debut single, Make Me Wanna Die, on May 17th, through Interscope.
Make Me Wanna Die, featured in the box-office smash superhero flick Kick-Ass, follows the very tried 'grrl-rock' path, however Momsen's vocals are more memorable than many offerings seen in the past. The vocal delivery seems less Avril Lavigne, teen queen of whiny chick-rock in her heyday, but more of a homage to the likes of Courtney Love and Juliette Lewis. Most of the buzz surrounding the band has centred upon Momsen herself and not the music, however one of the track's strongest points is its crunching, dark riffs, not quite a million miles from the likes of old-school grunge.
It's hard not to be impressed when you find out that Momsen is just 16 years old - with a successful acting and modelling career under her belt, and this track looking to be a success in the US and beyond, with an album due for release in September. Unfortunately her career away from the music world is a potential pitfall - can people really believe in her angst? This aside, Make Me Wanna Die is, overall, a suitable and competent offering, however with the grass roots talent displayed, the band have all the potential to really make incredible music.