Hard Rock Artist Of the Month: The Regrettes
ARTIST OF THE MONTH!
A few years ago, a father brought his daughter into Hard Rock Cafe Vegas Strip for her birthday dinner. I visited the table to see if she wanted to hear anything special (fully expecting Taylor Swift to be her answer). I could not have been more wrong. Lana asked to hear “T.N.T.” By AC/DC because she had just learned it on guitar at the School of Rock. So impressed by her dedication to rock-n-roll, the staff and I signed a pink Strat we happened to have in the office and sent her home with a new six-string to chase her dreams. She remains our friend at Hard Rock Cafe and I am awaiting an email from her dad when she signs her first record deal.
What does this have to do with Hard Rock’s Artist of the Month, the Los Angeles based The Regrettes? Singer-songwriter Lydia Night met fellow band mates Sage Nicole and Genessa Gariano at a School of Rock. Add in drummer Maxx Morando and The Regrettes were born! And not just any band. The Regrettes are one of rock-n-roll’s brightest hopes for a future filled with wicked smart musicians who build something fresh out of the best parts of yesterday’s music. The Regrettes are a band for aspiring teenagers who know that music should be something you connect with emotionally; songs full of lyrics you obsess over and write all over your school books. The Regrettes are also the antidote to any jaded rock fan who clings to the myth that nobody makes “good” music like when they were young.
Building upon a colorfully diverse debut (2017’s Feel Your Feelings Fool!), The Regrettes have fully arrived with their new EP Attention Seeker. Opener “Coming Through” reflects a wide horizon of musical inspiration with a Gorillaz backbeat propelling a pop-punk chorus that would make No Doubt jealous. “Red Light” spins on its axis with the manic energy of youth (think early Go-Go’s) but the EP’s highlight comes straight out of The Bronx, NY and 1959. The band filters Dion & the Belmont’s classic “A Teenager In Love” through a veil of reverb and owns it for a new generation with a breakneck pace that invites all of us into their mosh pit of love.
A recent article in the music press talked about festivals striving for gender equity in their line-ups. With St. Vincent, Courtney Barnett, Wolf Alice, Pale Waves, and Inheaven already dominating my Spotify account, The Regrettes are just another example of why the boys might be the ones struggling to find a slot at the next festival. Check out Hard Rock’s Artist of the Month, The Regrettes!