If you’re looking for a record to soundtrack your summer, hit the repeat button on The Regrettes’ second album, ‘How Do You Love?’ Though this won’t be just a summer crush: get ready to commit.
An utterly infectious power-pop romp that fizzes with feisty punk energy, ‘How Do You Love?’ tracks a relationship from start to finish, from the electrifying rush of falling in love, through to a destructive break-up. There’s no moping about here though; this record ends with strength, closure and confidence.
It was upon reflection of the first recording session that frontwoman Lydia Night noticed the romantic direction of the songs she’d written, and decided to take the listener on that rollercoaster journey with her.
“We recorded the album in three sections, and after the first session, we listened back and realised there were a shit ton of love songs,” explains Lydia. “We pieced them into order and tried to fill in the blanks to tell the story, and it became an intentional thing.
“Once we realised those were love songs, we needed to ride with that and not have them thrown casually onto a themeless album. If we’re going to release a bunch of love songs, we want to fully dive into it!”
Though the surf-punk scrappiness of their debut album ‘Feel Your Feelings, Fool!’ is still present, the rough edges have been softened out to produce a much poppier sound, something Lydia is proud of, and rightly so.
“There’s an immediate reaction to the word ‘pop’ that isn’t fair! Poppier isn’t bad at all; I wanted it to be poppier, so that makes me happy to hear people say that. It’s less punk sounding, but punk to me is an attitude, and I think that attitude exists maybe even more so than on our first album, because it tells a story where the outcome is this empowered woman standing up for herself. I think that’s the punkest thing there is.”
Much like the giddy heights chronicled on ‘How Do You Love?’, the last few years have been rather dizzying for the LA quartet. From dominating festival stages and appearing on the likes of Conan and Jimmy Kimmel Live to recently touring Europe with Twenty One Pilots, it’s been a wild ride.
“We’ve been doing this for a while, so it’s been a gradual process, and I feel like luckily we’ve never been thrown into a situation that was too shocking, although there have been moments where we’ve been like ‘holy shit, this is real’. Overall, I feel like we’ve been quite prepared.
“To maintain a sense of normality, you learn who to have around and who the people are that you choose to come home to and spend your limited time with. Those people who don’t support you and guilt-trip you about leaving again, that’s not the type of person you can have any sort of relationship with. It’s fair, I can understand not wanting to be friends with someone who’s constantly gone, but that’s just how it goes.
“I think it’s a constant struggle and learning process. Now I’m in a place in my life where I do have a routine at home, and it’s hard to leave it, but I’ve found my way with that. I have a pretty tight friend group that I stick to at home. It helps to have people you can rely on and know they’re still going to be there after you’ve been gone for six weeks.”
Speaking to Lydia, it’s easy to forget that this whip-smart, achingly cool woman is only 18 years old. It’s the type of confidence that comes from being able to smash people’s negative expectations, whether that’s a judgement on age, gender or musical ability. No strangers to winning people over, The Regrettes have recently gained a bunch of new fans through the Twenty One Pilots tour.
“Standing on a stage in front of that many people is just crazy and trippy, but then playing music I’ve written for them, knowing we’re trying to convert them into being our fans is this weird, challenging experience like no other that I’ve ever had.
“I was shocked by how amazing the reception was. I think the reason why is because a huge portion of Twenty One Pilots’ fans are young women, and it’s easy for young women to see us on a stage and relate.”
Of course, being a young female in a rock band comes with the responsibility of the ‘role-model’ tag. It tends to be thrust upon people whether they like it or not, and though it may hang heavy on the shoulders of others, Lydia takes it in her stride.
“I’ve learnt to embrace it and be super down with it. I know that I’m a good person, and knowing that I can set an example, yes, it’s a huge responsibility. I’m not saying I’m perfect in any way, shape or form, but there are things I’ve been able to learn in my life that I know some women haven’t had the tools or opportunity to learn, like self-love and confidence.
“I’ve learned specific things that I’ve been so lucky to have people show me in my childhood and growing up, and knowing that information and being able to spread that through the thing I love the most, is so important and so cool to me.”
Taken from the August issue of Upset. The Regrettes’ album ‘How Do You Love?’ is out 9th August.