"And they're things I think most humans feel on a daily basis but don't always have an outlet to express.
In the end we're saying, 'Don't give up, your soul is all you have, so you've got to hang onto that.'" The album's opening track, "Hangman" (which was inspired by a poem by Chidiock Tichborne written on the eve of his execution), tells a story of having control over your own mind and soul no matter what is happening to you.
The Going To Hell Tour sent The Pretty Reckless off on four separate jaunts across North America and three trips to Europe.
Their explosive shows earned them legions of new fans at home and overseas.
"Back To The River" is about the desire to get away from everything, to go where no one can reach you, while the strutting "Wild City" is influenced by being young and on your own in New York ("We wrote it while walking down Rivington Street on the Lower East Side," Momsen says).
From there, Who You Selling For delves deep into the psyche of Momsen and Phillips - two artists who believe very much in the fiery redemptive power of rock and roll.
The album's first single, "Take Me Down," is a story of desperation, with Momsen delivering such lyrics as "I spend all night and day / How much harder can I play? " "It's about wanting something so much you'd sell your soul for it," Momsen says, adding that she and Phillips were inspired by blues artist Robert Johnson's song "Crossroads," which some have interpreted as Johnson singing about selling his soul to the Devil in exchange for his musical ability.
Despite feeling physically and emotionally spent after returning from their two-year odyssey, Momsen and Phillips jumped right into writing the songs for their third album, the scorching yet soulful Who You Selling For, which will be released by Razor & Tie in October."We had so much we wanted to say, it was like shaking a can of soda on tour, then when we started writing we cracked the seal," says Momsen. You look at the world through a bus or airplane window. It's the one thing that is grounding and a true companion through the forest.1 Mainstream Rock singles, "Fucked Up World," "Follow Me Down" and 2014's most successful song at the format, "Heaven Knows," which spent a total of 18 weeks in the top spot.Going to Hell's success meant strong live demand for the New York City band, which is anchored by its songwriters, singer-guitarist Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips, who have been making music together in partnership for ten years, and rounded out by bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins.
The Pretty Reckless Who You Selling For Between 20, The Pretty Reckless traveled the globe touring in support of their second album, the raucous, roaring, Catholic guilt-inspired Going To Hell.A bruising blend of ferocious rock and roll and inky blues, the album debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and spun off three No.