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Review: The Pretty Reckless Electric Ballroom, Camden, London

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In a world dominated by glitzy female singers bashing out pop songs like there’s no tomorrow, The Pretty Reckless are finally bringing rock back to the mainstream.

Lead by former Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen, who easily shed her characters’ squeaky-clean persona to become the gritty, sexy, and downright fierce front woman she is today. The 20-year-old has a gravely voice far beyond her years, giving vibes of a young Courtney Love; with a stage presence so great it locks your gaze.

The band have just released their second album Going To Hell, which debuted this week at number eight in the UK Album Chart, as a follow up to 2010’s Light Me Up. The success of which gained them a strong following, completely packing out Camden’s Electric Ballroom, where they played this week.

Amidst a sea of drunken Taylor Momsen wannabes, there we were, and it was worth every moment. By the point the band began playing their latest single Heaven Knows, they had the entire crowd screaming along per Momsen’s request. This continued, as hits such as My Medicine and Make Me Wanna Die had the audience practically drowning out the band altogether.

Throughout the set, Taylor Momsen proved she’s no longer the young, innocent girl she once was. Grinding herself up and down her microphone stand, standing before the drummer and leaning back so far it was almost a crab walk – a far cry from her days playing Little J. It appeared obvious to us that she was having the time of her life.

The Pretty Reckless showed that there’s still hope for rock music in the mainstream.

Feeling like you missed out? Don’t fret; The Pretty Reckless will be playing at this year’s Download Festival on Sunday 15 June, and their album Going To Hell is out now.

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