Singer/actress TAYLOR MOMSEN and her band THE PRETTY RECKLESS have lost all of their recording equipment after their New York studio was wrecked by superstorm Sandy.
The former Gossip Girl star took to her Twitter.com page on Thursday (01Nov12) to curse the loss of her group’s guitars and technical equipment after the former hurricane battered America’s East Coast earlier this week (begs29Oct12), but she accepts her misfortune pales in comparison to that of the thousands of residents left homeless or without power.
She writes, “Our studio, all its gear, all our guitars, destroyed… f**kyouhurricanesandy… At least we are safe, There are thousands less fortunate, our thoughts are with you, hang in there”.
Momsen and her group weren’t the only celebrities affected by the strong winds and heavy rain – Scottish actor Alan Cumming is grateful to still have a roof over his head, even without electricity, after watching news footage of the houses ravaged in the natural disaster.
He tweets, “Still no power or phone or interweb (internet) and now no heat. But coming to the gym and seeing the TV coverage is galling. At least I have my home”.
Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry was another star left in the dark as her Manhattan home suffered a power cut, but it didn’t stop her from fulfilling her commitment to perform at Bette Midler’s annual Hulaween charity event on Wednesday (31Oct12).
And Midler is grateful to the singer for honouring the commitment, writing on Twitter: “Let me give props to Debbie Harry, who came uptown from her no-power apartment to blow us away with BLONDIE! The crowd loved her; me too!”
Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless have catapulted into the musical spotlight thanks to major tours with Evanescence, Guns n’ Roses and Marilyn Manson. The band is currently promoting its new EP, “Hit Me Like A Man,” and is hard at work in the studio recording the upcoming full length album. Momsen recently phoned in to talk about the band’s EP, musical guilty pleasures, and what her three favorite moments in music are thus far.
The Pretty Reckless was a part of three major tours with Evanescence, Guns n’ Roses and Marilyn Manson. What did you learn, personally, from touring with these three big names?
That you have to kick ass live (laughs). We’re so fortunate to tour with three great bands like that. I’m a fan of all of them. If you go up against Manson and his audience you definitely have to prove something and compete because he’s so amazing at it. All of them were great experiences and very awesome.
I had the chance to see you live with Evanescence and then again with Marilyn Manson, both in Milwaukee (WI). Even in the short time between tours you could see the band coming into its own. At what point during the touring did you realize that you guys were huge rock stars?
(laughs) I don’t think anyone thinks of us that way; we’ve been consistently on the road touring since Warped Tour 2010. Just playing every night definitely helps. Hopefully we’re getting better. Otherwise, what are we doing? (laughs)
The band’s new EP, “Hit Me Like A Man,” came out recently. The sound is more of a bluesy rock than the pop rock one found on “Light Me Up.” How would you describe the difference between albums?
That’s one of my favorite things about songwriting; there are no limitations to it. I don’t like to define our music or put limitations on it – it’s rock. Every song has its own thing, even on the first record. With “Hit Me Like A Man,” we put out an EP to give fans a taste of the new record and how it’s evolving. And even for us, we had been touring for so long with “Light Me Up” so the songs were like new songs… I think… I’m sorry, I’m kind of scatterbrained right now. I’m currently in the process of working on the new record; I’m actually at the studio right now. It’s definitely moving along; it’s evolving right now but I’m not sure in what direction. I think the goal is to constantly be adventurous of what you’re doing. And that’s going to show in the new material that we’re working on – it’s very adventurous. Read full article »
The 18-year-old Pretty Reckless singer was also liberate in her poses with another female model while shirtless.
Taylor Momsen shows her wild side by posing provocatively for FHM Czech Republic. The 18-year-old singer shed her clothes and cupped another girl in a series of photos for the raunchy men’s magazine June edition.
Momsen went topless in one pic, wearing only a black pantie, stockings and high heels. The photo was accompanied on the side by pictures of her hard-partying ways. The The Pretty Reckless singer also stared seductively at the camera with her hands on another model’s breasts. For the mag’s cover, Momsen wears a skimpy black piece and white stockings. Caption for her article says, “I will not let you breathe”.
Internationally, Momsen was included in FHM’s Sexiest Women in the World. Out of 50, Momsen is placed at number 29 above such artists as Angelina Jolie, Miley Cyrus and Beyonce Knowles.
Interview from soundspike.com:
Sitting in a dark dressing room at Scottsdale, AZ’s Martini Ranch,The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen is a sight to behold. Wearing oversized black sunglasses (think Jackie O.), Momsen is donning a gray tank dress and her flaxen tresses are parted into two long braids.
The 18-year-old singer/actress — who starred as Jenny Humphrey on the CW TV series “Gossip Girl” and as Cindy Lou Who in the Jim Carrey flick “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” — is kind, sweet and even a little excited that a journalist has come to see her.
An interview should be the least of her thrills. She’s on a headlining tour with her band The Pretty Reckless, traversing the country in support of her 2012 EP “Hit Me Like a Man” and last year’s full-length, “Light Me Up.” The act is preparing to open for Marilyn Manson on its tour.
Momsen spoke to SoundSpike about “Hit Me Like a Man,” preparing new material and being taken seriously enough as a musician to share the stage with System of a Down, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson.
SoundSpike: You must be excited that “Hit Me Like a Man” is doing so well.
Taylor Momsen: It’s super exciting. It’s No. 3 on the rock chart. Bruce Springsteen is No. 1 and 2, so I don’t feel too bad. It’s pretty awesome. It’s kind of crazy.
“Hit Me Like a Man” is a collection of new songs and live tracks. How did you decide which live tracks to include?
We wanted to “Make Me Wanna Die” because now we have every version of “Make Me Wanna Die” possible, recorded acoustic and all live versions. “Since You’re Gone” is one of our favorite songs to play live. We usually open the set with it and it’s when we lock in that groove. It’s definitely one of our favorites.
Have you started work on a new album?
Yeah, yeah, we perform the U.S. headline tour, The Medicine Tour — I’m not used to calling a tour a name — then we jump on for a month with Manson. And then right after that we go straight in the studio and start recording the second album.
How far along are you?
Not far enough. It’s never done until it’s mastered and I can’t touch it anymore.
How do you know when it’s done?
It’s weird once it’s done. When the song is written, it’s constantly evolving. It’s not working then it works. There’s no in between. It’s either great or it’s not. We have a very high standard of things, which makes it difficult. Hopefully it’ll pay off in the end.
What is the direction of the new material?
I think it’s definitely evolving. I think the EP gives you an indication of where the music’s going. That’s why we wanted to release something. We wanted to just give fans new material because we’ve been touring this album, “Light Me Up,” for so long. We needed to start playing some new things. Also just to give them a taste of where the direction’s going. I don’t know what that is. I think the biggest thing that’s changed is my standard of what’s good has changed and grown. I’m competing with myself now along with everyone else. Putting out the first record, I’m not competing with anything to do with me. I’m competing with the rest of the world. As far as songwriting, I’ve definitely raised the bar of what I consider great. That’s challenging, but if you’re not beating yourself then what the fuck are you doing?
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TAYLOR MOMSEN is giving deejaying a try — but not much respect. After a sexually charged show in which the 18-year-old singer performed with her band, The Pretty Reckless, at the House of Blues in West Hollywood on Wednesday, a source overheard Momsen chatting about an upcoming booking. “I have to do this deejay gig,” the former “Gossip Girl” actress was telling friends as she was getting her hair and makeup retouched backstage. “Oh my God, it’s so easy. All you have to do is press a couple of buttons.”
Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen has taken the rock and roll world by storm with her band The Pretty Reckless. The band’s 2010 debut album Light Me Up was pretty much critically acclaimed and the band has been touring extensively, including an opening slot on Evanescence‘s recent tour.
Now, the band is back with a five-track EP entitled Hit Me Like A Man (iTunes). In anticipation of this release, BD Music caught up with singer Taylor Momsen to discuss the current state of things with the band as well as Taylor’s opinion on how women are seen in the rock and roll world. Check below for this exclusive interview!Bloody-Disgusting: How are you doing?
Taylor Momsen: I’m doing very well, thank you!BD: Tell me about the ‘Hit Me Like A Man EP’. Why release an EP instead of wait for a traditional full release?
TM: We’ve been touring ‘Light Me Up’ for almost two years now, so we wanted give fans a taste of where the new record is going, the direction. And it was for us! We’re excited to play these songs.BD: There is a lot of touring in your future, including trips to South America. What other places would you like to visit and tour?
TM: Well, Australia was one of the big ones that I wanted and we just got back from Sydney. It was awesome. Everyone says Australia is one of their favorite places to tour and now I see why. It’s beautiful!And we’re definitely excited about South America but, right now, I’m just so excited to be back in America. I’m excited to be on a tour bus for three months and not have to fly everywhere. I’m not a fan, I really don’t like flying [laughs]. I get very nervous flying. Plus, we’re going to be touring with Marilyn Manson! How cool is that?!
BD: I honestly think you’re the first musician I’ve spoken to who is excited about being in a bus for three months!
TM: [laughs] I love touring! I love the road and to not have to fly to every city? Australia was a lot of fun but it was a lot of flying. From Brisbane to Sydney, Sydney to Melbourne, Melbourne to Adelaide, Adelaide to Perth. It’s a lot of planes. And then there’s the customs. It’s just such a joy to not have to wake up and pack everything in the morning and have to deal with that.BD: About seven months ago, you told Elle magazine that you quit acting to focus on music. How do you feel about that decision and where you are at now?
TM: I can say I haven’t had any second thoughts. I live for it. I love writing songs and I love playing every night and recording. To be able to just focus on that and have all my attention on that is just amazing.BD: Rock is generally seen as a male dominated genre. But throughout rock history, women have proven their strength and intensity from Joan Jett to Wendy O to Amy Lee and more. What do you feel about the state of women in rock?
TM: I don’t really like to look at it like that. I like rock and roll these days, whether it’s female or male fronted. I mean, most of the people I look up to are men, like Robert Plant or The Beatles. I just feel that there isn’t a lot of rock coming out so I listen to it all and don’t really think about that.BD: Another example of the male dominance of rock is the constant need to sexualize women who enter the genre. There was the ‘hottest chicks of metal tour’, there are countless hottest girls in rock, etc… but not really anything of the sort for men. What do you think it would take to get women to the point where their music speaks greater volumes than their appearance?
TM: Image is always going to be a part of music. Yes, there are women who are clearly sexualized but look at Led Zeppelin! Sexual icons as men! So, I think that they can go hand in hand as long as the image doesn’t overtake the music. I think that’s the biggest struggle, that the music should come first. But you can’t hide your image either.BD: Taylor, thanks so much for your time and I wish you the best of luck!
TM: Thank you! Thank you so much!source: bloody-disgusting.com