There is nothing like a bunch o’ kids who love to rock.
I found out about The Regrettes when their album Feel Your Feelings Fool! was released early this year and they’ve been in my regular rotation for the past few months. They’re a young band—the lead singer, Lydia Night, is just 16 years old, and her band-mates are only a couple of years older—but they’ve managed to pump out a well-rounded album that’s filled to the brim with dance-worthy pop-punk tracks.
The first song that got me hooked was “I Don’t Like You.” Sure, the lyrics in this song and many others read quite young (“You wanna hang out after school…”), but the simplicity of their message is also what makes Feel Your Feelings Fool! so fun. As a fully-formed adult listener, there’s something undeniably refreshing about briefly returning to the joys and trials of high school, remembering the unrelenting crushes and the frustration of being younger than you want to be or feel. I can picture myself at 16, jumping around my room to the beat of The Regrettes, and I love that.
The Regrettes fold a retro sound into their youthful punk aesthetic, and Night reveals an unexpected vocal maturity and confidence as she navigates the highs and lows of each song. (In that way, Night reminds me a bit of Lorde when she first hit the scene.)
They’re also remarkably mature about things I most certainly wasn’t mature about in high school. “A Living Human Girl” isn’t my favorite song on the album, but it’s honest and has a determined “I am woman, hear me roar” vibe that’s uber-relevant in today’s day and age. Listening to Night refuse to apologize for being a girl—and knowing that kids her age are listening too—serves as a reminder of the great things younger generations can do.
Kids are feeling their feelings and expressing themselves and refusing to apologize for things they can’t control, and that is the best.
Image credit: The Regrettes