I’m a very talkative person. I guess that’s what I had in here from the show last night. In September. It’s something that is very personal to me and it’s just about manipulation, but also just having feelings for someone who is not doing you right.
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At just 16 years old, Lydia Night released Feel Your Feelings Fool!, an incredibly self-aware, empowering pop-punk debut album, as the lead singer of The Regrettes And in the two years since its release, she’s done a lot of growing up, soaking in the latter part of her teenage years. So opens the sophomore album, How Do You Love? from Los Angeles purveyors of power-pop, The Regrettes. In a slow and steady spoken word, 18-year-old front-woman Lydia Night, displaying a depth beyond not only her years but mine and yours as well, poetically lays out the delightful affliction we define as love.
The band announced the arrival of the new single on Twitter last night, initially saying the track was set to arrive yesterday. This song has a lot of passion behind it. I wrote it about how good it feels to have the person you like say your name. There’s something you can’t beat about that.
GG: Yeah, it’s a lot of fun. Especially because that time, we got the song while we were on tour, we had a few days off in Ohio, and it was a fun thing to do to pass the time. How Do You Love?” is the follow-up to the quartet’s 2017 debut Feel Your Feelings Fool!” and last year’s Attention Seeker” EP.
The sound is a glorious mix of melodic punk rock and 1960s girl-group. The second Regrettes album is due out this summer and, judging by the Dress Up” single that just dropped, power-pop elements have been added to the mix. It’s a potent brew. Night is the songwriter, and she’s gifted — poetry and melody are comfortable of bedfellows in her care. That said, on this new album, Night says that the other members have been more involved.
Fresh-faced Los Angeles foursome The Regrettes write punk-pop music with hints of The Strokes that feels ripped straight from the pages of your high school diary—probably because they’re barely out of high school themselves.
What better way to show your support for the band and take in the punk rock music scene than by making sure you get The Regrettes tickets early? There are plenty of dates and venues to choose from, wherever you are in the world. California has been the birthplace of many rock’n’roll bands beloved at home and abroad, and The Regrettes are here to show that the younger generation can still rock it.
If there’s a kind of signature rock-and-roll sound that Los Angeles inspires, it might be something like the sun-soaked, fuzzy garage-pop of The Regrettes , a young, ascendant band that also takes inspiration from ’60s girl groups and riot-grrrl punk. The band’s recurring themes are empowerment and self-worth, especially when navigating romantic relationships, which is the primary focus of the group’s new album How Do You Love?, a set of songs chronicling different stages of a love affair. While in Houston for a sold-out concert, the band visited Skyline Sessions to record the songs I Dare You” and Pumpkin,” both from the new album, which will be released on Friday, August 9.
I think they definitely take on individual lives. They’re so different musically and I view them as such different things, personally. How Do You Love? is definitely a progression from Feel Your Feelings, Fool!, because that album was written mostly before the band formed, and it was a great debut for us. It said what we needed to say, it was something that was different going out into the world. I think that How Do You Love? is coming at the perfect time for us, because people are now listening more than they were at that time. I think that were we to release this album then, nobody would really have cared back then, and I think now, hopefully, people care more to really listen closely, take it for what it is, and appreciate it, as well as the story being told.
Wilco’s 11th album, Ode to Joy, doesn’t break out of that mold, though its sound is a bit more pared down. The project grew out of frontman Jeff Tweedy and drummer Glenn Kotche’s close collaboration, with the two forming the basic shape of the songs around the latter’s percussive ideas. The album’s primary sonic thrust is a driving, two-step march meant to evoke the rising tide of global authoritarianism, with current geopolitical climate influencing the album’s lyrical content as well. Tweedy insists that Ode to Joy’s title isn’t meant sardonically: Even in the midst of chaos, the album suggests, humans have a right to feel joy.
Night says the band will be rolling out a few more singles in the months ahead, with the plan to release a proper debut early in the new year. The new songs, she says, will continue to feel like punk rock readings of her personal diary.
Gariano: Clothing is something that draws me to a specific person sometimes. Even just the way someone holds themselves comes from how they’re dressed sometimes. So I think it’s cool to have that be something we focus on. It’s the one thing we can control the most day-to-day.
You’re welcome! Moving forward, you guys have had a wild ride as a band, from starting at a young age in a tough industry, to vocal rests, to lineup changes, and everything in between. Yet, with a fantastic sophomore album, your cover of Don’t Stop Me Now” being used in a Silk commercial, touring alongside Twenty One Pilots, and so much more, you always seem to come out on top. What keeps you and your bandmates going throughout everything? Personally, musically, all of it….
Fully embracing everything from a rush of butterflies to an explosive breakup, How Do You Love? ultimately finds Lydia at peace by the close of the 15-song LP. The music is just a reflection of learning more, and there’s a lot that goes into that as a person,” says the singer. And with a handful of her teenage years ahead, Lydia is still very much still discovering all that.
By the final track’s ending, the listener may very well be able to answer the question posed in the album’s title for themselves. Perhaps they realize they love with the sun-soaked euphoria of California Friends”, the quiet affection of I Dare You”, or the longing of Dead Wrong”. How Do You Love? is an album with musical and lyrical strength, but it is much more than that. It is a work that has the ability to make people feel seen and understood for the parts of themselves they feel like they can’t always show to the world.
The penultimate track, Every Woman,” serves as Vagabon’s de facto closing bell. Its lyrics nod to the #MeToo movement, but its overall message is much broader. We’re not afraid of the war we brought on,” Tamko sings in the final verse, And we’re steady while holding you all.” Representing a new generation of women and people of color, Tamko democratizes art in her own way, and moments like these tie her music back to the instapoetry movement, flitting between topics of love, feminism, and cultural identity with relative ease.
The album is instantly enthralling, with that ticking clock drifting into a lush synth-rock cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence.” The Chromatics have a history of deftly covering other artists’ songs, dating back to eerie renditions of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill” and Neil Young’s Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black),” from Night Drive and Kill for Love , respectively. And the through line for many of these covers is time slipping away as dangerous outside forces mount an offensive, both themes that the band continues to explore here.
Whereas electric guitar theatrics built up to some joyful releases on both Tamko’s 2014 EP Persian Garden and Infinite Worlds, Vagabon finds the singer retreating to the comfort of her computer’s Logic program to fashion a world almost entirely around her honeyed vocals. Although you won’t find many ‘90s-infused indie jams like Minneapolis” or The Embers” here, Tamko’s voice never sounds strained in ways it once did either.
While the official kickoff of A.V. Undercover’s eighth season is still a week away, we thought we’d whet our readers’ proverbial appetites with a special bonus track in advance. In the video above, the lovable scamps in The Regrettes take on Sweet’s Fox On The Run,” a song that you might be familiar with if you’ve been paying attention to our other recent video offerings. The up-and-comers tackle Fox On The Run” with a youthful ferocity that would seem a little daunting if you didn’t know the group’s lead singer, Lydia Night, is actually only 16 years old—and thus far more full of energy than the vast majority of us old fuddy-duddies.
Night is a combination of punk Karen and rockabilly Buddy Holly in one person; a strong, fearless vocalist and guitar player with a love of blending sixties doo-op girl group harmonies with the classic punk sound. As the daughter of a nightclub-owning dad and a mom who spent her teen years in a metal band, Night says she was always encouraged in her musical leanings.
Night continued taking guitar lessons, which incorporated singing and songwriting, throughout her childhood. Then she began participating at the L.A.-based music school, School of Rock, that gives kids the opportunity to learn about their instrument and perform with peers. It was at that program that Night met the rest of the Regrettes: Sage Chavis, Genessa Gariano, and Maxx Morando.
The good news? The band revealed they will release a new album in 2019. Assuming the listener has succumbed to a love disease,” Frontwoman Lydia Night based her lyrics on curing hardships and finding the silver lining.
Returning to Night’s original diagnoses of the listener being infected” with love, the record makes it very clear that The Regrettes are infected, too—but that’s not a bad thing. The band hopes that the album will provide the cure,” by showing listeners that no matter how they’ve experienced love—whether it’s romantic, platonic, or self-love—they’re never alone.
Prog-rock icon Jon Anderson and the Taiwanese psych band Prairie WWWW contribute to Sugar Foot,” a mile-a-minute frenzy of a song. Though Anderson’s singing is a tad anonymous, his vocals are smartly processed and buried in the mix. It evokes Nikola Tesla’s ghost watching the assembly line at a Foxconn plant, with ethereal chants duking it out with the synths for supremacy. The final section matches a breakneck drum part by Stanier with some incantatory singing by Anderson, like the Koyaanisqatsi soundtrack played at triple speed. The track is one of the better examples of Williams and Stanier’s compositional skills, as they blend a range of disparate sounds together into something truly ethereal.
Album release day with The Regrettes in New York. The group’s fourth album occasionally threatens to collapse beneath the weight of its overstuffed songs. Passionate vocals and gritty guitar-driven melodies brings the album to life, reminding us of the reason the band have been successfully taking the industry by storm.
Unlike most of our oldest still-active bands, Crazy Horse have not only managed to avoid acrimony—despite the departure, by various means, of a rhythm guitarist or two—they’ve also continued to make vital music throughout their entire tenure. On 2012’s jam-happy Psychedelic Pill , the group’s greasy-joints chemistry was as palpable as ever. Their brand of gloriously ragged, plodding guitar rock has aged so well because it was never cool—and a few mild variations on the formula have made it work in every decade.
Some of the band’s influences are L7, Bikini Kill, Hole and Buddy Holly. Their sound is very punk-pop meets doo-wop and the album takes you through different phases of relationships while blending beachy guitars to fuzzy, lovey-dovey lyrics.
The Regrettes latest album is called Feel Your Feelings Fool! and is available now via Warner Bros. Records. Riot Fest’s latest interview is this one, available now via scrolling up. In an extended discussion, the group shared details of the album’s writing process, finding their confidence at a young age, and some great love advice.
Then there are tracks such as ‘Dead Wrong’ and ‘Go Love You’ which through raw energetic melodies and dominant rhythm sections create a potent, riot-inducing release. Rounding up the album is the title track ‘How Do You Love?’, a pounding vivacious song, highlighting drummer Drew Thomsen’s extraordinary musical ability. Together, Night, Thomsen and guitarist Genessa Gariano and bassist Brooke Dickson have evidently accomplished a rare sound that’s resonating with audiences on a global scale.
From the opening moments on a track by The Regrettes, we’re greeted with a wall of guitars, infectious melodies and a wistful nostalgia that continues right until the final notes. Taking cues from acts like Hinds and Hole, there’s a wistful sense of youth and vulnerability that lies at the heart of each song.
Brooke Dickson: It puts things into perspective and it tests relationships you have with people. You’re not going to sustain a relationship that’s really casual or not good for you when you’re touring. Your family and loved ones are your support system. That becomes really important to you when you’re touring.
What Night and The Regrettes convey so well through their second album, and what I’ve felt in my experience (and what you more than likely have, too) is that if we fall hard, whether it be for a song, an instrument, or a person, there are no treatments or cures to restore us to our previous state. In fact, if given a remedy, we’d most likely turn away from the prescription, preferring the pain instead.
With forthright lyrics about smashing the patriarchy and politics, Night is open about what it’s like to grow up as a girl, during the Instagram generation. Their album Feel Your Feelings Fool! was released on Friday, with Night urging her fans to embrace authenticity. The Observer spoke to Night on the day of the album’s release to find out about her eclectic musical influences, her dad’s brainwashing techniques and where she finds her many ’90s slip dresses, perfect for an on-stage performance.
Such brutally honest vulnerability has helped Los Angeles-based the Regrettes (and Night herself) become role models to legions of teens. But the group’s 2017 major-label debut, ‘Feel Your Feelings, Fool!,’ has wide appeal thanks to a kinetic punk foundation spliced with nods to girl groups, New Wave, ’50s rock ‘n’ roll, and the Smiths. Newer tunes released since then are yet more sophisticated: the jubilant, pogo-punk ripper “Helpless” boasts Cali-pop beachy harmonies and shredding guitars, while the driving “California Friends” brings to mind Joan Jett.
So opens the sophomore album, How Do You Love? from Los Angeles purveyors of power-pop, The Regrettes. In a slow and steady spoken word, 18-year-old front-woman Lydia Night, displaying a depth beyond not only her years but mine and yours as well, poetically lays out the delightful affliction we define as love.
How Do You Love? is instead an amalgamation of different relationships that form one relationship story. The whole album is a tale of falling in love, and a cautionary tale to falling in love,” says Lydia. The record, which highlights the romantic (and not so romantic) phases in a relationship, aptly begins with the poem Are You in Love.” I wrote the poem, and I thought it was going to turn into a song,” she says, which begins with Lydia telling the listener they’ve been infected” with a love disease.” Lydia realized that the striking opening would be the perfect way to set up the scene” and help people better understand the ethos of the record. That is just kind of the beginning of the crash,” she says.