In Conversation with... The Regrettes
In chart music these days it's hard to come across any band or artist with lyrics that could really make a difference. The Regrettes are well on their way to changing that, with songs like Seashore and A Living Human Girl, the bands lyrics paired with their punk rock melodies should be a staple in any music lovers playlist. We sat down with Lydia, Genessa, Sage and Drew ahead of their last show on their UK tour in Liverpool to see talk mental health, music videos and the bands own favourite artists...
Welcome back to Liverpool! It’s great to have you guys back in the city playing a sold out show in Sound Basement. Have you done much exploring of the city?
Genessa: We walked around a little bit...
Lydia: We went to our favourite cafe ‘Moose Coffee’.
One of my favourites too! So, you released your EP ‘Attention Seeker’ back in February this year. Do you think the songs on the EP differ at all to the songs on your album ‘Feel Your Feelings Fool!’?
Lydia: I think they’re different just because they were written in a different time period.
Genessa: I think they’re a little more, not mature, but I think they’re a little grown up. If you took the songs in the same style and aged them like a year…
Lydia: Like us.
Genessa: Yeah, like us. I think it’s a healthy reflection, a healthy growth.
Your music videos are always so well thought out and enjoyable to watch. How much creative control do you have with your music videos?
Lydia: Quite a bit.
Sage: A lot.
Lydia: Yeah, a lot. Seashore came up because our favourite photographer, videographer and woman, Claire Vogell, had this idea for it, so we worked with her on developing this whole thing and plan for it. That’s kind of how it usually works. I mean, with Come Through I had an idea, I’d wanted to do this style of video for a really long time and I brought it to her and we worked on that.
Mental health is very important to us at No Party, No Disco! for various reasons. I’d say music is one of the most helpful things to have when your mental health is suffering. Is there any music you listen to that helps you in tough situations?
Lydia: Yes! Sometimes I get really anxious and when I get like that I listen to Big Star - '#1 Record', because I know it so well that it’s really comfortable to listen to for me and something about it really calms me down, also Billie Holiday, those are my two go-to’s when I get anxious.
Genessa: Neil Young - 'Harvest', that whole album... I turn it on and listen to it in order when I get really down sometimes, it’s suffocating a little bit and the album is like breathing. I saw Neil Young outside once and so I go to that place when I listen to that album.
Adding on to that, we run a segment on our site called Music History 101, each week we have one of our writers do a piece on a band or artist that they really love. If you were to write a piece for it, who would you write it on and why?
Sage: Personally, Prince is the reason I play bass now. He taught me so much about myself without me realising it, it’s the reason why I found my confidence and I figured out that I didn’t have to be feminine or masculine, I could be somewhere in the middle and not care. I guess Prince taught me more than just music, he changed a lot of my life for me.
Lydia: I would do one on Tom Waits, because I feel like he was someone that I never really understood as a child but my dad always loved. Tom Waits was always playing in my house, I was always listening without knowing it and I didn’t really get into Tom Waits until the past couple of years, then I started to remember how important he was for me growing up and certain songs will bring back memories of a birthday party and things like that so probably Tom Waits.
Genessa: Joni Mitchell is probably one of my mom's favourite artists and like Lydia said her music was always playing in my house, like that’s the one person I can really remember hearing as a kid. Her lyrics are so poetic and the way no one sounds like her... I’m just really inspired by her constantly and I think everything she’s done has been so awesome, I really love her. I’d say she changed music for me because I really liked rock and then I went back to Joni Mitchell when I was a little older and saw a different side of music rather than just liking rock.
Drew: I know you said someone already did a piece on Led Zeppelin but I would probably do mine on them, just because that was the first album I ever downloaded, it was the first music that was like my music because my parents didn’t really listen to Led Zeppelin, I grew up around really great music that has influenced me a lot but Led Zeppelin was really the first band that made me realise I had my own individual taste and sound, and obviously the drummer John Bonham is amazing.
All very good choices! Now you guys are a very take no shit, kick ass, empowering band. Where does this come from?
Genessa: It was learned for me, I was not that way as a kid, it took awhile for me to learn to be this way and it’s still a process.
Lydia: For me, I was definitely raised that way so it was easier for me, ever since I was little I’ve been very strong-willed in a stubborn way which hasn’t always served me but I’ve learned as I’ve grown up how to use that in a good way and a positive way. My dad’s go to advice is “don’t give a fuck” so that’s what I always tell myself, “just don’t give a fuck.” Zero fucks!
Genessa: I also think it’s super important to know for people who don’t feel that way that you can work on it and train yourself to feel that way.
Sage: It’s a waste of time worrying about what other people think because not everyone is going to like the way you do something, learning that is so hard but once you get a grasp on it, it opens up everything.
It’s refreshing to see a band who’s kick-ass persona isn’t just for show! Last question then, what was your favourite venue to play on this past UK tour?
Lydia: Gorilla was so fun at Dot to Dot festival.
Genessa: Yeah all the Dot to Dot venues were really run.
Lydia: I think Gorilla had really good sound, was really nice and super easy.
You can listen to The Regrettes on Apple Music, Spotify and Youtube.