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The Pretty Reckless' Taylor Momsen Asks You to "Listen to the Fucking Songs... My Entire Life Is in the Songs"

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What about acting? Do you see Gossip Girl as your last project or do you think you'll end up acting again at some point?

I see Gossip Girl as my childhood, to be honest. I see acting as my childhood. It's just something that I got put into at a very young age and it was six years ago, and I keep saying how many number ones do you have to have before people stop asking about acting? Because I've had three at this point, and I still get asked about Gossip Girl, which was six years ago that I quit.

I'm not looking to go back to it. Gossip Girl was a great experience, and it helped it one way and hurt in another, but it feels like forever ago. I've been around the world 7 billion times since then, and when we go to shows, the fans don't give a fuck about the TV show. They're there for the music, for the songs and the records, and what we've created as a band.

What has been the most fulfilling or exciting moment so far in your musical career?

Well this record. I think the goal of every artist is to have every record be better than the last. And it's a non-commercial record in every way like there's no hits on this record and the fact that there's two is insane. It wasn't even going to fucking come out. There was no record label at the time we made it and now we have two numbers ones in rock in America.

Yeah, that's pretty awesome.

As a female, and its fucking great. I mean it's crazy, but it's amazing.

What's next for you and the band after the tour?

Well, the tour goes for about three months, and then we'll probably be going around the rest of the world, South America, Asia, Europe.

There should be a big U.S. tour again in the spring. And in between all of those tours, we're starting to write the next record right now. Hopefully we'll get in the studio so there's not such a giant amount of time between records this time.

There's too much heartache in this record. We went through a lot to make this record Going to Hell from a national disaster with a hurricane, to death of very close family members in the entire band. There's a lot of tainted pain in this record, and I think we're really excited that it's doing so well and that people are hearing that and responding to it but at the same time. I've got new songs, and I'm ready to fucking record them.

Can you tell me a little bit about the new songs?

Uh... Nope (laughs). Not yet, not yet. But there will be a new single off this record, so there's going to be more videos and stuff but that's all in the works right now.

What's one thing about you that would surprise most people?

The way tabloids have promoted the band or me personally and the way I'm perceived on the internet is really inaccurate. So, that's the biggest thing I think. I'm just a fucking chick in a band. I mean I've worked my whole life, and I just like writing songs and I like playing music. So I think the biggest thing that would surprise people is that I'm actually pretty fucking normal. I mean, I'm a little bit out of my mind, I'm a writer, so like any artist I'm a little bit insane, but I think the way the internet perceives me is entirely wrong.

I constantly meet people and they go, "Wow, she's so nice" or "You're so down to earth," or whatever. It's like yeah, I'm just a fucking dude man. I'm just a normal fucking person who likes doing what I do. I'm not trying to shock people, and I think that's probably the biggest misconception of me. Frankly, it's all a bunch of bullshit. If you want to know about me or the band, listen to the fucking songs, it's all right there. My entire life is in the songs.

The Pretty Reckless. With Adelita's Way and Crash Midnight. 6 p.m. Sunday, September 21, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 the day of show plus fees. Call 954-449-1025, or visit jointherevolution.net.

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