INTERVIEW: Taylor Momsen Of The Pretty Reckless

Joel speaks with Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless about collaborating with Soundgarden members, their new album, and coronavirus’ effect on the band.

Three years since The Pretty Reckless was last in the public eye, the loss of Chris Cornell still looms large over Taylor Momsen and her band. Mutual love of Soundgarden forged an early bond between the members of The Pretty Reckless in their earliest days. The Pretty Reckless opened for Soundgarden on that band’s final tour – including that tragic night in Detroit three years ago – and thinking about that time still chokes Taylor up.

A few days before we spoke, Taylor and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron paid tribute to the late Cornell with a socially distanced Soundgarden cover on the third anniversary of his death. Pretty Reckless fans already knew Cameron was somehow involved with the band’s forthcoming album. But we just learned that Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil joins him on the same song (“Only Love Can Save Me Now”), so Soundgarden is very much on our mind during our chat.

We also discussed the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the band (delaying the new album and all touring) and the rock world at-large. She weighed in on recent headlines and quotes from Lzzy Hale of Halestorm about whether many up-and-coming bands would be able to survive, for example. And what is she doing to kill time during quarantine? Listen to the interview to find out.

The Pretty Reckless will hopefully release their new album Death By Rock And Roll sometime this year.

If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Featured photo: Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless performs during the Aftershock Festival at Discovery Park on October 22, 2016 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)