New York’s The Pretty Reckless is on a tear this fall in support of its newest album, Who You Selling For. The new record, the band’s third, continues to showcase the vocal talents of frontwoman Taylor Momsen, and her songwriting collaboration with lead guitarist Ben Phillips. The album marks the band’s growth and maturation through a record packed with confident and emotive anthems.
The Pretty Reckless, which also features bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins, has been lauded as an amazing live act since its inception in 2009. Momsen’s fearless attitude and dynamic performances connect with the audience on a visceral level. This month as the band is winding down its winter tour, they brought their darkly inspired performance to Boise.
Them Evils opened the evening, created an immediate buzz when they hit the stage, playing a mix of covers and tracks from their new self-titled EP. Among the set which included tracks like; “She Got Nothin’,”Put Yout Love on Me,” “Get You Out,” and covers of “Ace of Spades,” and “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll),” the band performed “Untold” which the band has just launched as a new video.
Holy White Hounds were equally energetic though the crowd did not respond quite as favorably. Nonetheless, their stage charisma shined through as they delivered several cuts from their new album, Sparkle Sparkle. Among them were; “Black Lust,” “Ghost Arm,” “Blind,” “Oh Mama,” “Switchblade,” Catmondu,”, “In Your Skin,” and “Cheap Desire.”
The Pretty Reckless took the stage next to deliver a powerhouse set of 15 songs culled from their already impressive discography.
The band bookended its set with songs from their 2014 album, Going to Hell, opening the set with “Follow You Down” and closing it out with an encore of “Fucked Up World.” They also played three other tracks from their sophomore record; “Sweet Things,” “Heaven Knows,” and the title cut.
Not surprisingly, Momsen and company weighted their set with a good chunk of the new record, Who You Selling For including the title track and hit singles, “Take Me Down,” and “Oh My God.” They also tunes up “Hangman,” “Living in the Storm,” and “Prisoner.”
Sprinkled into the mix were four cuts from their 2010 debut record, Light Me Up. This included “Since You’re Gone,”, “My Medicine,” “Make Me Wanna Die,” and the title track.
Photographer Katarzyna Cepek was on hand to capture moments of the evening’s dark mood.
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