[Concert Review] The Pretty Reckless (2016)

While studio albums should be the benchmark for a band’s sound, they can also be deceptive because studio producers can meticulously edit and readjust the recordings to sound impossibly perfect. Though listening to live recordings can help gauge how well they’ll perform live, and by now The Pretty Reckless have recorded three good hard rock albums, sometimes you just have to gamble and see a band live.

Them Evils
Cover songs are the quickest way to nab audience’s attention, though rather than earning respect through crafting good songs, covers cheat this process. This was a covers band from sound to aforementioned lack of ethos. While their cover of “Ace of Spades” hit the right notes, adding nothing ruined credibility.
Swag? No
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5]

Holy White Hounds
Terrible music with stupid banter. We never hear jokes in Seattle about the rain because of how flat they fall, yet here this kid was trying his best to be foolishly awkward. I played 2048 to pass the time, and would have walked out except I had a good spot.
Trash? No
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ [0/5]

The Pretty Reckless
About what I expected. Nothing less, nothing more. These are the frustrating shows because there is nothing to gain from watching them live compared to even listening to the studio albums. It’s almost like they’re a cover band of their own music in that they’re just sticking to the formula.
Overpriced Official Merchandise? No.
Overheard: “$55 for a hoodie?!”
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

If I would have known The Pretty Reckless would sound like they were covering their studio material without any deviation from formula, I would have passed on seeing them live, especially with their dismal opening acts. Sticking to the script isn’t really rebellious. I don’t mean to suggest they should drastically change their live material. Just bring more to the stage!

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