Gossip Girl seems to be churning out quite a few multi-talented actors these days. The man who sometimes makes me question my lesbianism, Ed Westwick, has been fronting the bad, Filthy Youth, and, as we reported last month, the woman who makes me very, very gay, Leighton Meester, is putting out her own album.
You can now add Taylor Momsen to the list of actors making their way from the small screen to the concert stage. Her band, Pretty Reckless, has been asked to join The Veronicas on their next tour.
You had me at The Veronicas, but Taylor Momsen? Really? Yes, really.
I am the first person who will tell you I had no hopes for Momsen’s band to be hard rocking. First of all, she’s 15.
Secondly, she played Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Thirdly, she is freaking Jenny Humphrey.
Still, I decided to give her music a listen because sometimes I can be a bad Judge Judy. After all, Pretty Reckless were signed to Interscope, whose impressive list of talent includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rufus Wainwright and M.I.A. So, I pressed play and now I feel like the biggest cougar in the entire world. If I close my eyes and listen all I hear is hotness. It’s the snarly, sweaty punk desperation in her voice that sounds like a combo of early Karen O, Jemina Pearl and from the much missed Be Your Own Pet and Bikini Kill goddess, Kathleen Hanna.
Luckily, when I open my eyes, all I see is Jenny Humphrey’s raccoon eyes and aggressive bangs and the cougar-factor drops by 100 degrees. But seriously, this girl’s got pipes — the raspy, deep kind that tends to fill my music collection. I’d pay to see her live and when the album drops I’ll probably throw down some money for that, too.
What do you think: Has she got what it takes, or will Gossip Girl be reporting another Jenny Humphrey failure?