Sometimes I’m girly and sometimes I’m not…
With the average music writer’s inbox crammed full of submissions, how do you make yourself stand out?
Simple: invent a new genre, and call it “cupcake punk”.
Ladies and gentlemen – presenting LA pop-punk four-piece The Regrettes.
Fronted by 15-year old Lydia Night, The Regrettes fuse 60s girl group melodies and confessional lyrics with therapeutic garage rock chords. Or at least they do on “A Living Human Girl” – a to hell with subtlety, candy-coated nugget of a song that speaks to everybody who’s ever been a teenage girl.
Although this one song is the extent of my knowledge of The Regrettes at this point, I’m pitching in for it already – as are the likes of Kate Nash, Jack Off Jill and Pins, who have already invited the young band to support them. Take a listen, check out my interview with the band below and let them capture your heart.
Who’s in the band, and how did you get together?
LYDIA NIGHT: The band is made up of Genessa, Maxx, Sage, and myself (Lydia). We all met at School of Rock [a West LA-based music school] three years ago but got together as a band in December of last year.
Three words to describe your sound…
Fun, raw and honest.
What influences you?
I’m influenced by everything around me, at all times of the day. I love going to shows and getting super inspired from that, or watching one of my friends do super well with something. Musically I’m influenced by a lot of music from the 50 and 60s such as Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, Lesley Gore, The Ronettes and The Crystals.
You’ve had a lot of support from bands we love including Peaches, Tacocat and PINS – what difference has that made as you start out on your career?
Having bands that we look up to support us and believe in us is so helpful not only because they let us open for them and play these amazing shows, but them believing in us so much also pushes us to be better.
I love your sound, which so clearly draws influence from 60s girl groups among other things. At the risk of sounding like a patronising arsehole, what is it that you love so much about this period of music?
Haha I think my favorite things about this period of music are the straight forward lyrics and harmonies. They are so timeless.
There’s a really refreshing, almost confessional thread to your songwriting – but is there anything that you wouldn’t write about?
Hmmmm good question. At this point in my life, no. I think you can write about anything while still covering it up in a way.
What have you got coming up in terms of touring, other projects etc? Might we expect a full album from The Regrettes soon?
Welllll next month we’re going to be supporting Tacocat on tour for a few dates which is gonna be so much fun. We have a lot of new music finished and coming very shortly so don’t worry!
I’m going to ask Maxx a question I asked Tacocat when I interviewed them earlier in the year, because I think it’s an important one that doesn’t get enough attention: what’s it like being a boy in a band? Do you feel like you have to work harder to prove yourself because you are male?
MAXX MORANDO: I wouldn’t say I have to work harder as the only male in the band, but I do have to work harder to be known as the only male in the band. Haha. But I wouldn’t trade it. I love playing with my homegirls.
Finally: what are you listening to at the moment?
LYDIA: I’ve been listening to Lemonade a LOT. I’ve also been listening to The Kills’ new album, Ash & Ice.