THE PRETTY RECKLESS 'Really Tried To Capture The Human Element' On 'Who You Selling For'
May 15, 2017
Lyndsey of the 93X radio station conducted an interview with THE PRETTY RECKLESS singer Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips at this year's edition of the Northern Invasion festival, which was held May 13-14 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wisconsin. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about how bands today rely too much on technology when recording music, Taylor said: "If you use it as a crutch, technology… doesn't it all just sound the same? We tried very hard on [THE PRETTY RECKLESS's latest album, 'Who You Selling For'] — and all our records — but we really kind of made this our goal on this one, and I think we took our first little baby step towards that goal of really trying to capture the human element. And realizing that all those [classic] bands — from PINK FLOYD to THE BEATLES to whoever it is… THE WHO — they had to actually be that great. There was no digial manipulation, there was no fixing things, there wasn't any of that. They had to be that good. So we really tried to capture the human element that I think is lacking in a lot of music today, 'cause you can run it through an Auto-Tuner and call it a day, or you can actually sing it. You wanna hear the person behind the note — you wanna hear the wobble in the vocal, even if it's a little out of tune, because you can hear the pain or the passion or whatever it is. And so we really tried to do that on this record. And a lot of it became first takes where we couldn't beat them. That was it."
"Who You Selling For" arrived last October. The disc was produced by THE PRETTY RECKLESS's longtime collaborator Kato Khandwala and features songs written by Momsen and Phillips.
THE PRETTY RECKLESS's brand new single, "Back To The River", finds the band experimenting with a classic southern rock and blues sound and features GOV'T MULE's legendary guitar virtuoso Warren Haynes. "We had this great southern rock track called 'Back to the River', we recorded the whole thing live and left sections open for some lead parts," said Taylor. "I think it was our guitarist, Ben, who said, we should call Warren Haynes. We did, he said yes, and we're thrilled he did because he raised the song to a new level. His playing is extraordinary."
THE PRETTY RECKLESS will continue to tour throughout the year in support of the album, hitting major markets and festival shows, including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma in the U.S. as well as European and South American dates.