Sunday, 22 August 2010

The Pretty Reckless at The Academy, Islington

On Thursday night after arriving in London (and a whirlwind day of exam results), I hopped on the Tube to go see The Pretty Reckless play for one night only at The Academy, Islington with my dear friend Sherin.
Before the show I loved the bands music (as you can tell from my previous post about them) but wasn't too sure about lead singer Taylor Momson herself, mostly down to the fact I really can't stand Jenny Humphry; the character she plays on Gossip Girl, which meant in the past my view of her had been tainted somewhat. However, after the gig and watching her and her band perform I officially love her. We both decided this in the scrum on the way out. That's the problem when you get a great place to stand; two thirds into the crowd - there are so many people behind you when you have to turn around to get to the door at the end!
After getting our place firmly rooted in the crowd after queuing to get into the venue (wasn't all bad, we got free The Pretty Reckless posters and promotional O2 gummy sweets) and having some drinks the support act came on, a band neither of us had heard of before but were absolutely fantastic; Francesqa.
They played a very good set, and I urge you to check them out/ get their EP - we certainly both will because they were absolutely brilliant. Also they served as the perfect opportunity to test out the settings needed on Sherin's camera for me to get some good pictures of the gig, as I'm really not used to shooting anything, let alone concert photos on anything but my own. Also I got some practice in on taking pictures from the crowd rather from the stage like I'm used to!
When The Pretty Reckless finally took the stage (to such a loud and excited welcome of the crowd, most of whom I must add were supporting a lot of eyeliner, either dyed black or bleach blond hair and being proportionately female) they played a fantastic set of eight numbers.
As fashion people we both craned out necks the moment Tayllor walked on stage and I was shocked she wasn't wearing black; the racoon eyeliner was there as was the very long wavy bleach blond hair, but she was wearing the white corset dress and suspenders which I think she was wearing in the Miss Nothing video.

The band had a really good stage presence and communication with the crowd; Taylor put her heart into all the tracks, the guitarist was super incredible at long and loud riffs, the bass player was great and the long haired head banging drummer was fun to watch!
I'm only familiar with a few of their tracks, but those I did know (Zombie, Miss Nothing and Make Me Wanna Die) were incredible live. The crowd loved them, and the live versions of these songs are so much better than their studio versions, though I can't wait now to get their new album; especially to hear a track I think was called 'Medicine' which I loved and should totally be their next single!
At the encore only Taylor and the guitarist (the two of the band who write most of their songs) came on for a really nice semi acoustic number, before the drummer and bass player returned for the grand finale.

What was the last gig you went to?