For Taylor Momsen and her bandmates in the Pretty Reckless, "Hell" isn't such a bad place to be.
The hard rocking group's sophomore album, "Going To Hell" debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 in March and has launched a pair of No. 1 Mainstream Rock chart singles in "Heaven Knows" and "Messed Up World (F'd Up World)." Thanks to that, Momsen says that while her "Gossip Girl" notoriety still brings plenty of attention to the band, the Pretty Reckless is starting to develop its own identity.
"When we started, people knew me but they didn't know the rest of the band members," says Momsen, 21. "Now we do meet and greets, and they know everybody. Half of them are drummers coming up to Jamie (Perkins) going, 'Dude, wicked drum solo!' So the recognition is definitely a lot more widespread, which is nice for me 'cause that's why I wanted to be in a band in the first place.
"I mean, I wanted to be the Beatles, not Elvis Presley, 'cause who wants to do this alone, y'know? You want to share this with as many people as possible. and I can also see that people who are coming have bought and heard the whole record and love it, so it's very cool to see it grow like it has."
Momsen adds that she's also gratified that "Going To Hell" exists at all. The Pretty Reckless went through an acrimonious split with the record label that released its 2011 debut "Light Me Up," and Momsen acknowledges that "we didn't even know if ('Going To Hell') was gonna come out." So that's made its success even sweeter for the group.
"It's been amazing," she says. "The reception for the record has been amazing, the tours are great, the shows are a... blast. We went through so much making this record and so many things happened while we were making it, to receive the response we've gotten -- I mean, two No. 1's? What the... is that?! That's incredible.
"Y'know, I write songs because I need to. It's like a part of who I am, so even if the record didn't get released, I'd listen to it. But to have people hear it and actually connect to it is really special."
The Pretty Reckless, Adelitas Way and Crash Midnight
Sunday, Oct. 26. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
Tickets are $27.
Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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