"I'm not a pop artist. It's absolutely a rock record, and I get that people probably aren't expecting that, but, buy the record and check it out. If you like loud music, you'll like it. Hopefully. It's very loud. If you're not scared of guitars screaming at you and a 16-year-old girl yelling at you, then you'll like the record."
-Rock frontwoman and "Gossip Girl" actress Taylor Momsen, pitching the idea of her upcoming debut album with her band the Pretty Reckless. Momsen talked to MTV News' James Montgomery at the annual Bamboozle festival in New Jersey over the weekend, and she said she has big plans for the still-untitled record (which she co-wrote with Pretty Reckless guitarist Ben Phillips). "It's a record about life. It focuses on all the negatives — and the positives — of life, but it's not 'Go to a club and dance.' It's not an escape record," she told Montgomery. "It's absolutely a record to confront your problems and get over them. It's death, love, rock and roll, sex, drugs and religion; it covers all bases of life. It's not a concept record, unless you consider life a concept."
The first single from the album is the aggressive "Make Me Wanna Die," which appeared on the soundtrack to the extra-violent comic book movie "Kick-Ass." The upcoming video, directed by Meiert Avis (U2's "With or Without You," Avril Lavigne's "My Happy Ending," Paramore's "Brick by Boring Brick"), is an intense, cinematic affair. "It was a challenge to come up with a treatment," she said. "So I guess we sort of decided to make it like a death march. You can't live anymore in this world, and you're on your way to your death, and you're seeing everything you're passing, and stripping yourself of your belongings on your way to your grave."