The Pretty Reckless have been riding high this fall with their latest album, Who You Selling For. This Thursday, December 1, the band will roll into Boise for one of their final shows of 2016. The event will happen at The Knitting Factory, with Holy White Hounds and Them Evils in support. Tickets are still available for only $23.
The Pretty Reckless’s extraordinary third studio album Who You Selling For released on October 21 through Razor & Tie Records. Metalholic.com hailed the album as “a darkly dynamic, energetic and bluesy, rock and roll thrill ride.“ Produced by longtime collaborator Kato Khandwala, Who You Selling For expands the band’s sound to encompass soul, blues, and rock and roll. The songs were written by front woman Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips. Momsen’s dark lyrics and raw, charismatic vocals are on full display and the band delivers at high intensity with a level of musicianship that raises the bar.
The album’s first single “Take Me Down,” has owned #1 spot on the rock charts, having first topped the chart on August 29. It has remained top 3 amidst tough competition, surpassing both Green Day and Metallica to reclaim the top slot. This milestone marks the fourth consecutive #1 for the band, who broke records as the first female-fronted band to have three chart toppers in a row with “Heaven Knows,” “Messed Up World” and “Follow Me Down” (all from 2014’s Going To Hell) – a feat that has not been accomplished since The Pretenders in 1984, over 30 years ago. The band is currently the only female-led band on the chart’s top 30 songs.
Holy White Hounds is an apt name for the Iowa quartet’s endearing but feral alt-rock. The moniker also conjures the band’s origins as small town underdogs who are rising to earn national prominence. When pressed on the significance of the handle, lead vocalist and guitarist Brenton Dean states: “We’re dirty but we’re not unclean. We’re mangy, but you’d still let us sleep in your bed.”
For young kids with guitars, prodigious musical gifts, and aspirations of being professional musicians, the distance culturally and opportunity wise between a town like Des Moines, Iowa and New York or Los Angeles can make dreams feels unattainable. But for the proud sons of the Hawkeye State in Holy White Hounds, it’s their dedication to music and the alt-rock quartet’s ultra catchy tuneage that’s bridging the divide. The band dropped its debut album, Sparkle Sparkle, this spring.
Them Evils are a late-night joyride through rock and roll’s seedy underbelly. Born in the shadows of neon vice and nocturnal living in Las Vegas, nurtured by the proximity of Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip, and cradled in the same Orange County, CA home that has become synonymous to punk attitude and hard driving rock history, the leather-and-black clad trio pen unapologetic songs that bristle with a nasty energy beﬁtting their name.
Inspired by equal parts of rock giants like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Queens Of The Stone Age, among others, guitarist/vocalist Jordan Grifﬁn, bassist Jake Massanari and drummer David Delaney pay tribute to their roots with every crushing note on their latest self-titled EP, a 4-song homage to the unholy goodness that is Them Evils.