Pretty Reckless scorched The Phoenix in Toronto
Supported by rockers from the UK, Heaven’s Basement, the show was devastatingly devilish, with amazing lights and sound, and a raucous crowd to fill the rest of the space.
Named after their newest upcoming album slated for an early 2014 release, which is the first follow-up from the band since their debut album Light Me Up.
In 2012 the band released an EP titled Hit Me Like a Man which featured three new songs and a couple live tracks from the first album.
The night opened up early with Heaven’s Basements going on for 7:45, and they warmed up the crowd with just over an hour of set time. The British band was one of the firsts to sign up with California based Red Bull records. The studio in California was created by Red Bull energy drinks and records independent artists for free, giving them the opportunity to put themselves out there at minimal cost.Since the band’s inception in 2008, they have toured with huge acts like Blind Melon and Theory of a Deadman, Popa Roach, Bon Jovi and many more. It just goes to show that programs like Red Bull’s can really be a kick start for any indie band that can take advantage of it.
Lead singer of the group, Aaron Buchanan has a unique ability to engulf the entire crowd in his performance and really control his audience. He upped the ante with a little lyrical game that increased the fan fever and got them completely into the set.It came as no surprise though considering the band is renowned for their non-stop touring style and crazy live performances. The band finally had time to finish and release their debut album last year Filthy Empire. The first single from the album “Fire, Fire,” was produced by Goldfinger guitarist John Feldmann and hit #12 of U.S active rock charts.
After Heaven’s Basement closed off their set, the crowd grew anxious waiting for the main event. Considering the amount of adrenaline instilled by the last guys that was still coursing through their veins.Staying true to rock ’n’ roll fashion, The Pretty Reckless came on about twenty minutes later than intended, rousing the crowd that much more for their arrival. You can easily tell where these New Yorkers got their band name from. It pretty much sums up rock culture.
Lead singer for the group, none other than Taylor Momsen is an electrically enigmatic entity that radiates everything that rock music embodies. Hard to believe that for years before the formation of this band, that she was a child actress and model, in many movies (best known for her role as Cindy Lou Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas) and on the American drama series Gossip Girl. The truest sign of a great actress is her ability to play a role completely juxtaposing her real life character.But with those days behind her, her entire energy focus has been on The Pretty Reckless, and she was quoted as saying “Acting is easy. I’ve been doing it for so long and I totally love it. But you’re playing a character instead of yourself. Music is more personal because you’re writing it and you’re involved in every step of it.”
Well the proof is in the pudding, and that pudding is on stage with her every night. You can truly tell Momsen loves what she is doing now and is pulling all the punches to get to where she wants to be, and what her fans want her to be – herself.
Momsen started the show with a confident strut on stage leather-clad in a pink and purple aura of light and lead right into their double digit set list. After a huge set from the group, the entire venue went from an obnoxious oblivion to a quiet and serene darkness. The silence was then broken by Momsen screaming in the dark “show me your tits Toronto!” before coming back on stage for an explosive three song encore.
The development of the band from their first release in 2010 to their musical prowess now is uncanny, and knowing the backstory behind Momsen is the key to understanding the progression The Pretty Reckless has undergone.
Now that her full focus is on the band and music, there’s nothing stopping them from the limelight and crushing stages across the globe.
The Pretty Reckless supported Evanescence for three worldwide tours before this, which was a defining moment in music for Momsen. Growing up Amy Lee was an idol to her, and Evanescence was Momsen’s first concert. This both flattered and aged Lee, she said in an interview with MTV after the third tour.
Story by Devin Size, Photos by ftfphotography