About The Pretty Reckless
The Pretty Reckless is the name of an American rock band from New York. The band formed in 2008 and its current members are: Taylor Momsen with lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Ben Philips with lead guitar and backing vocals, Mark Damon with Bass and Jamie Perkins at drums.
The band began to form when lead singer Taylor Momsen, who had previously worked with several producers, met Kato Khandwala. He introduced her to Ben Philips and the three of them began to work on writing various songs.
With another 3 musicians, Momsen formed a band by the name of The Reckless, but the name needed to be changed because of different trademark problems. The first gig of the band was on the 5th of May 2009 at The Annex in New York.
After just seven concerts performed in this format, the composition of the band changed. The band was composed of Momsen with John Secolo at guitar, Matt Chiarelli at Bass and Nick Carbone at drums.
The first concert of the band in this formation was played at The Annex on 3rd of June. The band began to be more active, recording some demos and even opening for The Veronicas while on their North America tour.
On the 30th of December 2009 the band released the new promotional song, “Make Me Wanna Die” which was uploaded for free as a download for their fans. The song was also integrated on the soundtrack of the movie Kick-Ass.
2010 brought the leave of Secolo, Chiarelli and Carbone. The band reformed with the current composition of the band.
The first EP of the band was released on the 22nd of June 2010 and was received with mixed opinions. It contained four songs from which three could later be found on their debut album: Make Me Wanna Die, My Medicine, Goin’ down.
The first single of the band was released on the 17th of May 2010 and occupied the number one spot for six weeks in the UK Rock Chart.
The first album of the band, Light Me Up, was released on the 30th of August 2010 in the UK and 31st of August worldwide.
The album was well received, bringing nominations for the band to the Virgin Media Music Award for Best Group and Best Newcomer.
Presently, the band is touring on promoting their new album.