It’s the edge of autumn in New York City, and despite a chill settling into the air, the Lower East Side’s watering hole Donnybrook is lit up like it’s still a summer night. I’m spiritual but I don’t practice any sort of thing.The corner bar has locals pouring out singing Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” onto the street, as only faint warbles of the late Brit’s voice are heard from the jukebox inside. I believe in good, having morals, be a decent person.ATP: Is it hard to juggle around your acting career with the band? ATP: (to Ben) It must have been hard, for you to work round Taylor's acting schedule, to work on the band? ATP: Before you met Taylor, were you in a different band? Ben: They are a fantastically supportive label, they really support our vision; it's amazing.Ben: The record took, probably, the same amount of time as it would for a regular record but, with her schedule, we were doing 8pm-4am or 12am-7am. Ben: We're all in a band together, and have been playing together since we were twelve, we're part of a band called 'Famous'. ATP: At the end of 2009, you put the song 'Make Me Wanna Die' online. Taylor: It was the first song we wrote for the record, it was the start of the record, and so it seemed like a great first single as it sets the vibe for the record. ATP: You just played this year's Bamboozle Festival. Taylor: We had technical problems, and I almost threw up during one of the songs because I got heat stroke on stage.Taylor: It's been cool, once people can get past that I play a character, on a TV show, named Jenny Humphrey, and that I'm a real person outside of that. Ben: The fans of Gossip Girl are great and very supportive.Taylor: They are very supportive; it's just crossing over to people who are pretty judgmental, because I'm on a TV show.Beginning in 2007, she played the character of Jenny Humphrey in The CW television series Gossip Girl, which is based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar.Momsen's appearances on the series became increasingly sporadic, and by the end of the first half of the fourth season, she had only appeared in four episodes.
Over a glass of red wine, her eyes light up as she discusses her third studio album, fame), and branded her a rock star with the vocal edge of Joan Jett and the crystalline looks of Debbie Harry. I wore Xs on my nipples and corset dresses with stripper heels, and thought that was a good look.
BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE SPOTLIGHT TRACK BY TRACK ALBUMS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE NOTHING COOL RHYMES W/ MINDY BRITTANY HAS AN APPETITE CASSADEE'S CORNER MARIEL'S CLOSET ESSENTIAL LISTENING TEN YEARS ON ALBUMS OF THE YEAR While in the UK for a short promotional tour, Alter The Press managed to sit down with Taylor Momsen and Ben Phillips of The Pretty Reckless.
The guys spoke to ATP about how the band got together, their forthcoming debut album, signing to Interscope records, playing this year's Warped Tour, Taylor juggling around the band with her acting career and more. Ben Phillips (guitar): My song-writing partner and I (Kato Khandwala) met Taylor about a year and a half ago; we then started working on writing songs together. I was looking for producers to work with and I got hooked up with him, who was also Ben's partner.
It also set her up for a life lived largely on the road. It’s a metaphoric record of heaven and hell, good and bad. I’ll say this: It fit me at the time, whatever phase I was in or whatever that was.
She’d been bookended by tour dates for as long as she could remember when she and bandmate Ben Phillips finally sat down to write this latest album, which she describes as a rebirth of sorts. Everyone likes to stereotype things or write them off as not that serious or “this is just a phase,” especially when you’re that young. I think that me now, I wouldn’t take a 16-year-old seriously in any capacity. You’re a child.” So looking back at it now, I’m like, of course! I’m wearing stripper heels, flashing duct tape on my tits, and being a fucking nutcase.