The Regrettes – Tickets – Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA – July 6th, 2017 – Spaceland Presents
The Regrettes

Spaceland & Levitt LA Present

The Regrettes

The Tracks

Thu, July 6, 2017

7:30 pm

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

This event is all ages

The Regrettes
The Regrettes
Perfectly imperfect – that’s one way to describe LA based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O – with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly – the LA based four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks.
Lead by outspoken frontwoman, Lydia Night, and comprised of Genessa Gariano on guitar, Sage Nicole on bass and drummer Maxx Morando, the group have left the LA rock scene floored, managing to capture the hearts of jaded rock critics while opening for acts like Kate Nash, Jack Off Jill, Bleached, Pins, Deep Vally and more. With nothing but demos available online, the group are already beginning to generate hype, from outlets like NPR, and with NYLON already heralding them them as a “punk act you should be listening to”.
From the opening moments on a track by The Regrettes, we’re greeted with a wall of guitars, infectious melodies and a wistful nostalgia that continues right until the final notes. Taking cues from acts like Hinds and Hole, there’s a wistful sense of youth and vulnerability that lies at the heart of each song.
A song by The Regrettes is, essentially, a diary entry into Lydia’s life. “My music is a spectrum of every emotion that I have felt in the last year, and you can hear that when you hear the songs. Everything that is happening in my life influences me. It’s everything from boys, to friends, to being pissed off at people, to being really sad. Just everything.”
The most intoxicating draw of The Regrettes is their bashful, heart-on-your-sleeve temperament – writing urgent and fast-paced pop songs with a punk rock mentality. “The way that we write, it’s all based on honesty,” muses Lydia on the group’s punk aesthetic. “If I finish a song, I’ll just leave it – I won’t really go back to it. I like things to feel in the moment and I don’t want it to be perfect. If I work on something too much I lose it and get bored and I want to do the next one..”
First song, “A Living Human Girl,” best showcases the vulnerability of the group’s lyrics. Singing about a less than perfect complexion, a bra size that is considered smaller than most, and those little red bumps you get when you shave, The Regrettes aren’t afraid to embrace their imperfections. “Sometimes I’m pretty and sometimes I’m not”, sings Lydia over 60’s inspired guitar riffs and a kicked back drum beat. “I don’t remember exactly what sparked it, but I remember when I wrote those lyrics, I was just really angry.”
“There are times when you feel really insecure and you really don’t like yourself, so I wrote it for people who feel that and I wrote it for myself. I just felt like there wasn’t a song like that out there. A song that if I was feeling super shitty about myself, that I could listen to. I wanted something that would make girls and boys feel confident,” she explains.
Lydia’s not afraid to have her feelings on display. “I am not scared of anyone judging me, I don’t care. I don’t give a fuck if someone doesn’t like what I have to say. For every person that likes you, there’s a person that doesn’t like you. No matter what, if people can relate to the music then it’s worth it. That’s what is cool for me.” And at the end of the day, isn’t that what punk music is all about?
The Tracks
The Tracks
Named for the forgotten trolley tracks that run like veins throughout Los Angeles, the young rock band the Tracks boldly play furious, fast music that flies in the face of a genre seems to have lost its way.
Frontman Venancio Bermudez, bassist Felipe Contreras, drummer Jaime Conde, and guitarist Jesiel Higuera united over their shared love of rock & roll and are the latest act to contribute to the rich history of Chicano bands, playing music that is directly influenced by their background growing up as the children of undocumented immigrants in East LA.
Their music recalls the defiant optimism of working class bands that came before them and their sound reminds us to find the joy in dancing to loud music as the ultimate form of rebellion. The group’s ferocious live set has seen them playing everywhere from backyard parties in Boyle Heights to opening for Hinds, and they recently performed two songs live on camera in the upcoming new TV show I Love Dick from Transparent creator Jill Soloway.
Caitlin White compared the band’s sonic pop punch to the Strokes in her piece for Uproxx, and Maria Sherman opened her Remezcla feature on the group with “Very rarely does a band resonate so much that it feels like a shift is happening.” The group received a lengthy profile in LA Weekly from Jonny Coleman, and LA Times music critic Randall Roberts wrote "the Tracks connect the black-and-white past with a full-color, and furious, present."
Debut single "Go Out Tonight" was premiered on NPR station KCRW and was featured in tastemaker blog Gorilla Vs Bear’s top 100 songs of 2016. The band’s debut album is set to come out this fall and was produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, FIDLAR, Guards).
Venue Information:
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
W. 6th St. and S. Park View St.
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
https://levittlosangeles.org/