Since SYWH is running ads for the new season of Gossip Girl, I should mention that the Pretty Reckless have provoked a crisis of conscience in my life.
LOL, not really, but I was kinda worried to discover that I actually enjoy some of the same music that the guitarists in both my bands like. I mean they like Deep Purple and the Doors and shit which is why we have to be extremely careful about letting them play anything they don’t hate. I pondered long and hard why I don’t hate this band even though in theory I really should. Fortunately the singers in one of the bands also like this band – they like Gossip Girl and they’re not much older than Taylor Momsen so I guess they can identify with her lyrics – and that made me feel a whole lot better.
I mean, I really should hate this band. Just listen to this song. It’s your typical Led Zeppelin ripoff (at least based on my dim memory of having heard some Led Zeppelin songs more than five years ago), only without the guitar solos or squeaky vocals, and with lyrics that you don’t have to be a grandparent to get. OK, so it’s like Led Zeppelin with the worst parts fixed, but it’s still got bits whose only purpose seems to be saying “Look! We have guitarists! And they’re playing something different than they were a few seconds ago!” On paper this music should be terrible, but it’s good, and it could be totally awesome if someone like Katy Perry did it. I’m sure there’s a great pop dance remix of it out there somewhere.
Tbh I only know the two of their songs that one of my bands covers. But I like this song even better – I guess it’s a bit more like pop with distorted guitars and has less classic rock influence. It almost sounds like one of those ironic pop covers that heavy bands do, only with good vocals.
It’s about being a zombie, which is good cause vampires are not trendy anymore. I mean, when even 300-pound redneck rappers are making fun of Twilight, vampires are over. Zombies are the next undead trend, and the Pretty Reckless have hopped on it in time. Yeah, that trend also means that those fat chicks who wear black and bad makeup will soon start wearing torn rags and even worse makeup. Not that it should really matter, unless you play in a “joke” black metal band named Overweight Vampire, in which case you’ll need to make some changes!
Back to the Pretty Reckless, though, I’m glad I gave them a chance. What do you think they’ll sound like in a few years? Will their “old fans” hate them and call them overrated sellouts?