The Pretty Reckless at Varsity Theater, 10/23/13
|Photo by Tony Nelson|
With Heaven's Basement, Louna
Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
When you make a name for yourself as an actress before you become a singer, it's hard to separate those two personas. Taylor Momsen makes a stab at it, and to her credit, has been pretty successful at doing so -- you just have to wonder where the band would be were she not so famous. While the Pretty Reckless has three other talented members in guitarist Ben Phillips, bassist Mark Damon, and drummer Jamie Perkins, all eyes are on Momsen.
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It's fruitless to compare Taylor to her peers in the same age category -- especially the other Taylor, Taylor Swift. Momsen writes the exact opposite of the syrupy pop music by Swift. Her stuff is laced with stories of debauchery, cigarettes, and the f-bomb. No, Momsen took the stage with her band to canned sex sounds. She would like to be the one that if a parent heard their teenage daughter listening to her, they'd would wonder where they went wrong.
|Photos by Tony Nelson|
Except for during "My Medicine," when Taylor picked up the guitar, she didn't use any instruments. Primarily she danced around onstage, hidden behind her black eyeliner and long fall of blond hair. Gripping her mic as if her life depended on it, Momsen had traces of Debbie Harry in her, but for the most part breathed Courtney Love.
With harmonies intertwined with her band during "Cold Blooded," the song is brought to another level, but was interrupted with a longer-than-necessary pause before the final notes. The lights were on, the pause was dramatic, and the hold was excruciatingly uncomfortable as the audience waited and waited for her to finish.