The Pretty Reckless have just issued their first piece of new music since their third record, Who You Selling For, which came out in 2016. The new single, "Death by Rock and Roll," is a personal one that has been dedicated to the memory of late producer Kato Khandwala.
The tribute is certainly emotional, but The Pretty Reckless haven't crafted a teary ballad here, instead, turning their focus toward a badass, outlaw-styled rock track with an ascending, evocative chorus and vibrant guitar melody.
"In a lot of ways, this new album feels like a rebirth and our first single, 'Death By Rock and Roll,' represents that salvation that my favorite music brings me," said singer Taylor Momsen of the band's forthcoming release. "Rock is freedom," she continued, "and this song is about living life the way you want, and now that belongs to everyone who listens."
In the song, Momsen references a motorcycle crash, referring to the 2018 event that claimed the life of Khandwala, who produced each of The Pretty Reckless' first three albums. Rather than lamenting tragedy, Momsen spins the message to one that asserts control over fate.
At this time, there are no other details surrounding the release of the band's next record. They do, however, have a handful of U.S. tour dates that have been rescheduled for the fall.