Are you ready for this? The Regrettes are a Los Angeles based quartet along the lines of Shannon and the Clams meets Hinds crossed with La Luz and Hunx and His Punx made up of ALL TEENAGERS. “Whatever, that’s cool,” you may think to yourself, but, in reality, there is no denying that it really is SO AWESOME. Lead singer of The Regrettes, Lydia Night is only 15 and is already pumping out wickedly fresh hits like “A Living Human Girl” and “Seashore.” The Regrettes are 15-year-old frontwoman Lydia Night, 19-year-old guitarist Genessa Gariano, 17-year-old drummer Maxx Morando, and 18-year-old bassist Sage Nicole.
Feel Your Feelings, Fool! is the band’s debut full-length record and will be released on January 13th. The record is high energy from start to finish even on slower jams like “Pale Skin.” The Regrettes are a really interesting band because they are young but have developed such a powerful and well-rounded sound where you can hear influences of 60’s pop and group harmonies in the same vein as the Ronnettes.
Feel Your Feelings, Fool! hits on all sorts of topics ranging from being a teenager, to wonders about life, standing up for yourself, not being taken seriously because of your gender and age, and body image. Night’s tongue-in-cheek songwriting is refreshing, funny and honest and makes this debut record so thoroughly enjoyable. With reverb soaked guitars and garage infused tones, there is not one excuse you could give to not sing along.
“I Don’t Like You” is strong and blunt with definite 60’s vibes but also resonating with punk feelings and ethos, a killer way to start off a record. With tell it like it is lyrics and raw talent, The Regrettes are sure to be loved by many. “A Living Human Girl” kicks so much ass. The song is so real, relatable and sincere coming from Night, “I’ve got pimples on my face and grease in my hair and prickly legs, go ahead and stare. An ass full of stretch-marks and little boobs, a nice full belly that’s filled with food. Sometimes I’m pretty and sometimes I’m not so let’s take a listen, hit me with your best shot.”
“Hey Now” features choppy, jangly guitars and Night’s raspy coo singing her heart out and laying it down as her emotions intensify and her voice becomes a howl. “Seashore” has a retro sound and is about growing up and fending for yourself. “Pale Skin” starts a little darker with just bass and haunting harmonies with the whole band eventually coming in.
There is nothing but good things to say about Feel Your Feelings, Fool! It’s witty, strong, empowering and a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. I think it’s even more inspiring that the band is full of all young folks and that they created a piece of work so full of fire and maturity you would never guess that some of them are still in high school. You guys give us all hope. Keep an eye out for The Regrettes debut full-length Feel Your Feelings, Fool! out January 13th.