the regrettes – The Regrettes Hey Now” 04

I feel more comfortable taking pictures with a camera than I do sometimes with my phone. Gariano: It was cool to have those three little chunks, and I think the songs in each of those are a little different yet work together so well.

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THE REGRETTESLed by front woman Lydia Night, this punk rock project released a debut studio album called Feel Your Feelings Fool! It came up naturally, but then once it was already happening and once we had already started recording the first batch of songs, we decided to lean into it more. Nothing was ever forced. We were aware of it a third or about halfway through when we were making the album, and then we were like, ‘Let’s make it a story for people to listen to and connect to.’ Everything I had written or was writing was along those lines, anyway, too, so there was no forcing that narrative to come about.

When The Regrettes burst onto the scene two years ago with their debut album, “Feel Your Feelings Fool!,” the high school-aged California band seemed like a breath of fresh, loud air, and not just because of its members’ relative youth and fetching visual style. Here was an enthusiastic modern rock outfit keen on incorporating, and often subverting, retro song forms — such as rockabilly (“Hey Now”) and girl-group pop (“A Living Human Girl”) — and recasting them with biting, socially conscious snark for a new generation.

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.


When you love playing music, it’s always on your mind. When you’re on tour, it’s constantly problem solving. There is constantly something new going on that everyone is working together toward completing or solving. Of course, it’s exhausting sometimes, but there is no question of ‘Ugh! God, I shouldn’t do this anymore, because it’s just so much work!’ When you love doing it, you’re really doing what you love. That’s the coolest thing in the world that you get to do, so there is no complaint. We all struggle and go through different things when working on projects and being on tour and making music and whatever, but at the end of the day, we’re here for one reason and that is because we love playing music. People don’t start making music or join a band because they are looking to make a ton of money or be famous or whatever. People play music because they love to make music.

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.

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.

Touring in this band has really helped me find my confidence again. When you write music, you learn about yourself. I listen back to a song and I constantly discover things and patterns I have as a human, and it’s fascinating and weird. And in turn, when you share it with the world, and someone else relates to it, it helps you learn about yourself too because you just see each other more. What we do is probably how we know ourselves so well.

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.

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.

Ode to Joy can sometimes feel like a Tweedy solo effort. Cline is oddly penned in here; his guitar playing is unmistakable, but he never gets a chance to truly shine. Cline’s guitar parts on Hold Me Anyway” and We Were Lucky” are crunchy and powerful, with the energy of a coiled snake, but neither is as memorable as his solos on Impossible Germany” or Hell Is Chrome.” As a result, the album is a bit monochromatic, lacking the classic guitar heroism that has, in the past, allowed Wilco to buck the dad-rock label. Twelve years on from Sky Blue Sky , the band would benefit from opening up their sound again—and getting a little bit weird.


The Bad: This has nothing to do with the album itself, but rather how it could be listened to. Part of the fun of listening to How Do You Love? is following the narrative that unfolds throughout, as so much of the album’s smartness lies within the precise evolution that occurs from one track to the other. Unfortunately, though, it is impossible to alert the world that the album is perhaps best listened to in order the first time around. How Do You Love? deserves to be listened to with the same level of gravity that it was created with, and this is something that could be partially lost without following its narrative from beginning to end. Of course, this is not to suggest that the tracks cannot be enjoyed out of order or on their own — they absolutely can be. However, the storytelling element of How Do You Love? is so strong that it would be a shame to miss out on entirely.

Colorado also isn’t your typical Crazy Horse album, and not only because the band features a new member: longtime Young collaborator and E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren. Indeed, with gentle piano taking up nearly as much space as heavy distorted guitars, Colorado’s closest analog in the Crazy Horse canon is its greatest anomaly: 1994’s murky Sleeps with Angels. Although it lacks that album’s lyrical gravitas and sharp melodicism, even Colorado’s direst moments are refreshing because they find Young doing whatever the hell he wants to, which may in fact be the one defining constant of his career. Besides, the non-electric songs here—the rollicking acoustic guitar and harmonica-based Think of Me,” the gently cooing piano popper Eternity,” and the hushed closer I Do”—are among the album’s best anyway.

That’s such a great question! We do have a good amount of time at home, to live and to write. I don’t write that much on the road, but then randomly I’ll get ideas and run with them. California Friends” was written, or at least started, on the road. There will be random things that do spark songs. The other thing is that we have phones now and have ways to communicate and be a part of things that are going on at home and in our lives that don’t have to do with being on tour. We are still living two lives while we are on tour, it feels like. I don’t know exactly, but there is never a lack of ideas.

In her book Our Aesthetic Categories, literary and cultural critic Sianne Ngai describes zany” as a type of artistic quality that reflects the exhaustion engendered by late capitalism. By that token, Battles makes some of the zaniest music imaginable, drawing on jazz, art rock, avant-garde classical, and electronica for its maximalist, experimental soundscapes. On their fourth album, Juice B Crypts, Battles and a handful of guests launch an all-out assault to overload the listener’s brain, and with mixed results.

It feels so crazy and exciting… also extremely surreal. It’s one of those things that is so built up and when it gets here it’s kinda like, well what do I do with myself now? Obviously, we’re extremely busy but it just feels so insane to have it out. I just really hope people love it as much as we do.

The group released their debut studio album, Feel Your Feelings Fool! in 2017, and since then, have been pegged as a name to watch with standout performances at events like Governors Ball and Lollapalooza. Now with festival season winding down, The Regrettes have come out with a new single called California Friends” in anticipation of their follow up album expected in 2019. It’s a rowdy bop with shout-along vocals and racing tempo that will make non-Californians forget fall is even on the way.

It’s safe to say that while The Regrettes’ debut album at the time may have reflected the full spectrum of the teenage experience, everything from flirting to owning your confidence, the group’s sophomore LP, How Do You Love?, finds Lydia still very much learning.

Lead by outspoken frontwoman, Lydia Night, the group have left the LA rock scene floored, managing to capture the hearts of jaded rock critics while opening for acts like Kate Nash, Jack Off Jill, Bleached, Pins, Deep Vally and more. With nothing but demos available online, the group are already beginning to generate hype, from outlets like NPR, and with NYLON already heralding them them as a punk act you should be listening to”.

LYDIA NIGHT (LEAD VOCALS, GUITAR): No. Well, a lot of times we’re treated with respect, but I’d say equally we get a lot of interviewers who, I think, don’t really know what they’re doing, so they ask things that I don’t think that they realize are offensive, but are just are annoying for us, because we’re so used to people focusing on our age, and our sex.


A Living Human Girl”, The Regrettes’ debut single, was premiered on Rookie Mag last summer. The song wipes away the sheen of being a teen girl, or a woman of any age — unapologetically crooning about the reality of razor burn, annoying boys, and periods. Night says she was hoping to wipe away some of the societal pressures that she says has been really damaging to her and her friends.

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.

When The Regrettes burst onto the scene two years ago with their debut album, “Feel Your Feelings Fool!,” the high school-aged California band seemed like a breath of fresh, loud air, and not just because of its members’ relative youth and fetching visual style. Here was an enthusiastic modern rock outfit keen on incorporating, and often subverting, retro song forms — such as rockabilly (“Hey Now”) and girl-group pop (“A Living Human Girl”) — and recasting them with biting, socially conscious snark for a new generation.

The album is introduced with ‘Are You In Love?’, a short, poignant spoken-word poem suggesting the theme of what is to come. Followed by ‘California Friends’, a percussion stomping anthem, showcasing The Regrettes’ signature sound that we’re all so familiar with. 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.

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