The encore resumes the mayhem with the intro and first track ‘(sic)’ from their career-launching first album. With two more old-school classic tracks; ‘People = Shit’ and ‘Surfacing’, the show ends in a blaze of glory, and leaves the exhausted, sweaty and elated audience in no doubt that this was a gig to remember. It was the first big metal show of the year and has definitely set the standard ridiculously high for any to follow.
I admit I had pre-conceived ideas about The Pretty Reckless which mostly centered on the ability or perhaps lack of, of the ex-actress centre-piece Taylor Momsen. I am always suspicious (or cynical maybe) about bands that have massive hype attached to them – are you listening Royal Blood – and sometimes wonder if it doesn’t do the band in question more harm than good by raising expectation to unachievable levels. Having been pleasantly surprised by their latest album I was interested to see exactly what this gig would bring.