Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen, who plays Jenny Humphrey on the CW show, has been rocking and rolling so hard that she drowns in eye liner, verbally offends other singers, and badly beats up her knees while filming the hardcord Miss Nothing video. The 17-year-old model, actress and lead singer of the band The Pretty Reckless is also approaching the release of their first album, Light Me Up.
The rocker roller, “high-class hooker” Taylor Momsen and her band The Pretty Reckless are releasing their debut album Light Me Up on August 31. The album is entirely written by Taylor and Ben Phillips with producer Kato Khandwala. The Pretty Reckless describe the album as emotional to a degree of “seething rage,” ”bruised vulnerability” and ”masculine energy.” Bands that have influenced Taylor’s music include Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, and Audioslave; however, it was The White Stripes and Jack White who Taylor attributes as being her ultimate inspiration. The self-proclaimed emotionally heavy female musician exclaims that all “[her] rock idols are men.”
“The record is about life,” she says about Light Me Up. “It covers everything: love, death, and music itself. It’s rock and roll. It’s sex. It’s drugs. It’s religion. It’s politics. Each song tells a story about the trials and tribulations and emotional struggles that I’ve experienced or observed. It’s not a happy pop record, but it’s not Satan-worshiping either. The lyrics aren’t meant to be taken literally, they are open to interpretation.”
What incredible life experience for a 17 year old. Taylor’s also been described as someone who “will kick your ass.” Then Rihanna and Miley Cyrus better watch their backs because Taylor has had nothing but lovely things to say about pop stars, “rock wanna-be’s” and Disney alumnae, especially coming from someone whose best friend is her vibrator.
The Pretty Reckless performed at the Vans Warped Tour this summer and garnered controversy regarding inappropriate photographs taken of Taylor… and a visible tampon string. No argument can beat, “she is still a minor.”