Rock In Rio 2015: Review: The Pretty Reckless
Caleb Hyles reports on The Pretty Reckless's rocking performance at Rock In Rio USA
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The Pretty Recklesss know a thing or two about putting on a great show.
Having played numerous festivals such as Warped Tour, Download, and Soundwave, these young veterans are the equivalent of a musical battalion: Never yielding, always conquering. Rock In Rio USA would be a sure victory. And, of course, it was. The hard rock, post-grunge quartet warned those in the audience of their imminent arrival with a whirring siren that filled the entire festival. Some fled in terror, others moved methodically to the Main Stage, anxiously anticipating what was to come. Sexual, moaning sounds begin to echo over the sirens. The mood has been set. This is going to be a gross, raunchy, and absolutely killer experience. On comes Follow Me Down, the bombastic opener to their second full album ”Going to Hell”. Front woman, Taylor Momsen roars over the crowd like a bat out of hell, with fellow bands members Ben Philips, Mark Damon, and Jamie Perkins bringing up the rear.
“Are you ready to f****n’ rock?!”, screams Momsen at the crowd before playing their first ever radio hit, Make Me Wanna Die. The energy is electric throughout the set, and the music doesn’t dare stop until The Pretty Reckless has completely and utterly wrecked everyone’s sense. In their final song, the band sings about a F****d Up World and how Going To Hell is the only way out for a band that ferociously dives into both Heaven and Hell. Other tracks from their set included Since You’re Gone, Absolution, and personal favorite, Heaven Knows.
The Pretty Reckless is headed off to Somerset, WI for Northern Invasion 2015, but their presence at the first ever Rock In Rio USA will be felt for years to come.