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New Regrettes video: Monday

Video: The Regrettes – “Monday”

The Regrettes - Monday (Official Music Video)

Directed by Dillon Dowdell. Single out now.

People grow up. People change. That includes songwriters. And bands.

It’s no surprise that someone like Lydia Night who was capable of writing sophisticated, well-crafted songs at 15 years old would eventually set her sights higher than the sassy world of Los Angeles punk that she entered via School of Rock and the Donnas.

Five years after the Regrettes grabbed our attention with their girl group inspired power pop, they’re ditching the “power” and going straight pop. And Night doesn’t care what old dudes like me think of it. “For ages, I was worried about proving something to the 50-year-old dads at the back of the room,” she told the NME. “But here we are, finally growing up.” Fair enough.

The fact that she nailed me so perfectly is a little disturbing. I am literally a 50-year-old dad. When I go to a show, I can often be found at the back of the room. And I am always disappointed when scrappy bands I love take a more mainstream turn. That’s my deal. I know it’s problematic to project my own garbage onto the artists I listen to, but that’s what I do. The silly thing about it is I actually like pop music. One of the things this site was founded on twenty years ago was sticking up for Britney Spears. So why do I feel personally offended when an artist changes their sound to something more widely palatable?

It probably has something to do with the fact that I came of age in the 90s when it was absolutely anathema to seem like you were trying too hard. Or to seem like you cared. About anything. This aloofness was always a bullshit pose. Always. It was designed to mask deep insecurity and fear of failure. So phony. But here we are. All these years later. A 50-year-old dad with all the same hangups I had as a 20-year-old dork.


“Monday” is a good, perfectly arranged pop song. It’s got a chorus that says, “Gotta get the fuck out of L.A.” so that’s a plus. The Regrettes are still good. They’re just different.

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New Regrettes video: What Am I Gonna Do Today

Video: The Regrettes – “What Am I Gonna Do Today”

The Regrettes - What Am I Gonna Do Today [Official Music Video]

Shot by the Regrettes. Edited by Claire Marie Vogel. Single out now on Warner.

The Regrettes are back with a new single to help you make it through another day at home. On Instagram, the band describes it as “a song we recorded ourselves remotely in quarantine and we hope it brings you as much joy as making it did for us.”

both of us are always waitin
for a time with nothin in our way
both of us anticipatin
for a day that can turn into tomorrow
without sayin goodbye.

Well, the wait is over! All the days are turning into tomorrow lately without a lot of difference from one to the next. But that’s alright. Listen how good a band can sound, recording themselves at home. Pretty soon we’re all going to realize that there’s no point in ever leaving the house again!

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New Regrettes video: I Dare You

Video: The Regrettes – “I Dare You”

The Regrettes - I Dare You [Official Music Video]

Directed by WATTS. From How Do You Love?, due August 9 on Warner.

New video and a new album announcement! Turns out I was correct a couple weeks ago when I guessed the track list.

So How Do You Love? will contain 15 Lydia Night originals. Co-writers include producer Mike Elizondo (with 6 songs), guitarist Genessa Gariano (with 5), former bass player Sage Chavis (3), former drummer Maxx Morando (2), and new drummer Drew Thomsen (2).

“I Dare You” is a little slicker than what we’re used to with this band, like a cleaned up Strokes outtake from the Room on Fire era. Are we already feeling nostalgic about the turn of the century? Those were the days, I guess, in retrospect. Curiously, lyrics website Genius credits Julian Casablancas with co-writing, but BMI doesn’t. So who knows? Either some dorky editor at Genius is being cute, or maybe a lawyer at Warners got nervous. (A query to the band remained unanswered at the time of publication.)

How Do You Love? Tracklist
1. Are You in Love? (Intro)
2. California Friends 3:34 (co-written with Gariano, Chavis, and Morando)
3. I Dare You 2:50 (co-written with Elizondo)
4. Coloring Book (co-written with Gariano)
5. Fog (co-written with Elizondo)
6. Pumpkin 3:27
7. Stop and Go (co-written with Chavis)
8. Dress Up 2:50 (co-written with Elizondo)
9. Dead Wrong (co-written with Gariano, Chavis, and Morando)
10. More than a Month
11. Go Love You (co-written with Gariano, Elizondo, and Thomsen)
12. Here You Go (co-written with Elizondo)
13. The Game
14. Has It Hit You? (co-written with Gariano, Elizondo, and Thomsen)
15. How Do You Love?

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New Regrettes video: Dress Up

Video: The Regrettes – “Dress Up”

The Regrettes - Dress Up [Dance Video]

Single out now on Warner.

Since the Regrettes put out Feel Your Feelings, Fool! in 2017 they have released a handful of new original singles: “Come Through”, “Red Light”, “California Friends”, “Pumpkin”, and “Poor Boy”, as well as a bunch of covers.

And now here’s a new original. “Dress Up” was co-written with producer Mike Elizondo and it’s got every thing you want in a Regrettes song: a guitar line from a Billy Idol hit, a bouncy bass line that sounds like the Go-Go’s, and pouty vocals apologizing for indiscretions.

I made a promise, I might’ve messed up
I said I’d be there, but I’ll play dress up

It’s one of twelve new Lydia Night songs recently registered to the BMI Repertoire database. Hopefully this means a new album is right around the corner. Feel Your Feelings, Fool! remains a stone cold classic, and it’s still hard to believe that those songs were written when Lydia was 14 or 15.

Now that she’s a grownup and replaced half her band, the sophomore album will undoubtedly have a different vibe. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and the recent singles have all sounded great. But it’s gotta be a tough for a group who set the bar so high with their debut. I’m excited to hear what’s next though!

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New Gerard Way video: Dasher

Video: Gerard Way – “Dasher” (ft. Lydia Night)

Gerard Way - Dasher (feat. Lydia Night) [Official Lyric Video]

Directed by Aaron Hymes. Single out now on Reprise.

‘Tis the season.

Last time we checked in on Gerard Way he was getting spooky for Halloween. Now he’s got a Christmas song. Did we miss his Thanksgiving single? Can we expect a New Years song next?

Turns out Way’s been playing “Dasher” live since at least 2014, but he finally got around to recording a studio version. And he recruited Lydia Night from the Regrettes to call in for a spoken interlude in the middle.

When you go, can you come
This way
‘Cause I feel safe in your arms
And she’s got dashes in her stars

Nothing better than a melancholy holiday jam.

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New Regrettes video: California Friends

Video: The Regrettes – “California Friends”

The Regrettes - California Friends [Official Music Video]

Directed by Claire Marie Vogel. Single out now on Warner Bros.

So this is the first Regrettes video without bassist Sage Chavis since she left the band in September. It features their new drummer but was apparently filmed before they found a new bass player.

Chavis’ vocals are clearly audible on the recording though. She confirmed this on twitter and added, “We recorded some songs a long while back.” So who knows how many more songs are out there?

It’ll be interesting to see what’s next with the Regrettes. Lydia Night has proven to be a gifted songwriter and a captivating bandleader. She also seems super cool, having recently written an emotional op-ed for Billboard magazine about why she’s voting. (Spoiler: because she’s scared and angry.)

But it’s always a little nerve wracking when a band you love shakes up its lineup. You have to wonder what’s going on behind the scenes.

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New Regrettes video: Red Light

Video: The Regrettes – “Red Light”

The Regrettes - Red Light

Directed by Morgan Higby Night. From the Attention Seeker EP, out now on Warner Bros.

It’s great that this song has finally been given a (semi-) official video, but the circumstances for releasing it are kind of a bummer. Bass player Sage Chavis has left the band.

Chavis explained her departure on instagram: “I have grown and learned so much but I must continue to push myself to grow and, for me, that means making room for that growth.”

This comes just four months after drummer Maxx Morando left the band. Not sure what’s going on here, but I’m hoping the shakeup doesn’t affect their sound too much. That debut album, Feel Your Feelings Fool!, is front-to-back a great rock and roll listening experience. Who knows how much replacing the rhythm section will change the vibe? I fear change in general, but it isn’t necessarily a bad thing, so we’ll have to wait and find out.

The “behind the scenes” video was shot by Lydia’s dad/tour manager, Morgan Higby Night.

Here’s a BTS video I cut for Red Light last year but I didn’t get the proper clearances from the clubs so it was never released by WBR. Seemed like a good day to post as the Regrettes say farewell to the wonderful Sage Chavis who’s departing touring life as Maxx had a few months ago. Tour managing this group of amazing humans was one of the great honors of my life. Excited for the next phase of The Regrettes with their fantastic drummer (and human) Drew and their secret new bass player/bad ass human on the way ;D

love – Lydia’s dad

Looking forward for 2019 to hear the new album…

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New Regrettes video: Helpless

Video: The Regrettes – “Helpless”

"Helpless" by The Regrettes

Single available now.

I might be the last person on the planet who is completely unfamiliar with the Hamilton musical. I read the Ron Chernow book, but I dunno. Seemed like a corny concept to me. But what do I know? Apparently everybody thinks it’s awesome.

This is the only Hamilton song I’ve actually heard, and it sounds like a poppy love song. I guess I was expecting it to sound more like Schoolhouse Rock. Huh.

Also, this appears to be the first Regrettes release recorded since drummer Maxx Morando left the group. Not sure who the new guy is but he sounds fine. They’re still my favorite band.

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The Regrettes play Kimmel and Sound Opinions

Video: The Regrettes – “Come Through” (live on Kimmel)

From the Attention Seeker EP, out now on Warner Bros.

The night before they played Coachella, my favorite band the Regrettes stopped by Jimmy Kimmel’s to play a couple songs for his studio audience. Both “Come Through” and “Red Light” are from their new Attention Seeker EP, which also features a cover of “Teenager in Love” and a couple acoustic versions of songs from last year’s Feel Your Feelings, Fool!

Not only that, but the band was also featured on a recent episode of WBEZ’s Sound Opinions where they were interviewed by Greg Kot and played a short acoustic set including “Juicebox Baby” and “Pale Skin.”

Lydia Night reveals that her previous band, a two-piece collaboration with drummer Marlhy Murphy, split up due to Murphy’s resistance to Night’s song, “A Living Human Girl,” which turned out to be the song that got the Regrettes noticed by their manager and signed to Warner Brothers. “She hated it. She refused to play it. She wouldn’t play it live because she hated it so much. And it was so important to me. And that’s, I think, what led to us breaking up.”

Night and Murphy started Pretty Little Demons in 2012 when Night was 11 and Murphy was 9. By 2014 they had played SXSW and Lollapalooza. They changed their band’s name to the Regrettes in August 2015 and released an EP on Black Rainbow Records. The EP contained “A Living Human Girl” and Murphy owns 25% of the songwriting credit for that song. That’s not to suggest that Murphy didn’t hate it, but as with most relationships, the end seems to have been messier than people prefer to remember.

Regardless of how it came about, the current lineup of the Regrettes is amazing. And Lydia Night is right: “The world works in really weird, cool ways.”

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New Regrettes video: Come Through

Video: The Regrettes – “Come Through”

The Regrettes - Come Through [Official Music Video]

Directed by Claire Marie Vogel. From the Attention Seeker EP, out February 23 on Warner Bros.

Woo hoo! New Regrettes! They’ve got a new EP coming out in a couple weeks with two brand new songs, a cover of Dion and the Belmonts’ “Teenager in Love,” and two acoustic versions of songs from Feel Your Feelings, Fool.

I’ve made no secret that the Regrettes are my favorite new band of the moment. Lydia Night writes sophisticated pop songs and her band punches them out with precision without sacrificing any of their punk rock energy. Listen to that gnarly bass tone! They’re the best.

Night told Refinery29, “All the key people that made this video so magical were women. It’s just such a different energy on set. There’s something about [having so many women around] that’s so comforting and so comfortable. It’s so easy to feel free, especially for a video like this. I’ve never danced in a video or done anything close to this, so being surrounded by a bunch of badass women all day makes it so much easier to be vulnerable and in that headspace.”

They’re playing all the festivals this summer, so check them out if you’re going. I saw them last year at Riot Fest and I can confirm they put on a great show.

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