THE PRETTY RECKLESS Shares Acoustic Version Of ‘Harley Darling’ From ‘Other Worlds’ Collection

THE PRETTY RECKLESS will release a new collection of music, “Other Worlds”, on November 4 via Fearless Records. The effort sees the group delivering its first proper acoustic recordings, unexpected covers and other reimaginings.

Today, the band has shared the visualizer for the acoustic version of “Harley Darling”. Watch it below.

‘Harley Darling’ is a love letter to [late THE PRETTY RECKLESS producer] Kato Khandwala,” says singer Taylor Momsen. “It’s as simple as that. So many of us have stories of losing loved ones, especially now, and I hope this song can be used in other’s healing as it was in my own.”

“Other Worlds” collates striking acoustic renditions of personal favorites accompanied by some very special guests. The recording of Elvis Costello‘s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding” served as Momsen‘s first cover originally performed for the “Fearless At Home” livestream in the midst of COVID. As another pandemic-era cover, Matt Cameron played guitar and sang as Taylor powered an airy and lithe reimagining of SOUNDGARDEN‘s “Halfway There” from “King Animal”, generating hundreds of thousands of views on its initial post. Iconic multi-instrumentalist, producer and artist Alain Johannes handled guitar on THE PRETTY RECKLESS‘ pensive and poetic interpretation of “The Keeper”, originally by Chris Cornell, while David Bowiepianist Mike Garson performed a stirring piano movement for THE THIN WHITE DUKE‘s “Quicksand”.

“For a long time, we’ve been trying to figure out an alternative way of releasing music, including songs we love that didn’t make our records, covers, and alternate versions,” explains Momsen. “We found a way to do this coherently and consistently with ‘Other Worlds’. We’re a rock band, so there are lots of electric guitars on our records. However, we’ve gotten incredible feedback from fans about our acoustic performances, and we’d never put those out in any real format. So, this is a different take on the traditional format of a record and a stripped back version of us that our fans haven’t really heard before, but it’s still us.”

“You get to hear a different side of Taylor‘s vocals,” adds guitarist Ben Phillips. “It was a chance for us to see what she would sound like singing songs by people who have inspired us. It also gave us some perspective of where we need to go and what we need to be if we want to be that good.”

“Other Worlds” track listing:

01. Got So High (remix)
02. Loud Love
03. The Keeper (feat. Alain Johannes)
04. Quicksand (feat. Mike Garson)
05. 25 (acoustic)
06. Only Love Can Save Me Now(acoustic)
07. Death By Rock And Roll (acoustic)
08. Halfway There (feat. Matt Cameron)
09. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
10. Harley Darling (acoustic)
11. Got So High (album version)

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The Pretty Reckless is a New York rock band that was formed and is fronted by Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen.

On starting Pretty Reckless, Taylor Monsen told Sebastiano Mereu of From Hero To Zero: “For me, music is – I say a ‘passion,’ but it’s more than a passion, it’s my identity. I’ve been writing songs and singing and playing guitar since my birth. I’ve been humming melodies since I was a child, so it was something I always did. I was in different bands. When I met this band, when I met Ben [Phillips] first and we started writing together, there was a magic ‘click’ there. It wasn’t really a choice. It was out of desperation, the need to play music.”

Their debut single, “Make Me Wanna Die,” featured in the end credits of the movie Kick-Ass.

On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey. The storm ravaged Water Music Recording Studios in Hoboken, where The Pretty Reckless had been recording their second album and wiped out the majority of the band’s gear as well as a batch of demos and near-completed recordings. As a result they had to re-record a lot of songs they had been working on.

Taylor Momsen’s first acting job was at the age of three when she appeared in a 1997 national commercial for Shake ‘n Bake.

When Taylor Momsen is not touring, she likes to just relax at home. Asked by Loudwire what her interests are, she replied:

“I love comedy. I watch a lot of late-night. Larry David is like my go to. He’s the Beatles of comedy. Louis CK is great. Katt Williams, Marc Maron. I watch television and comedians. I paint, I sculpt and play music. Playing music isn’t a job. Touring is a job but playing music is a pleasure and a privilege.”

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