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Teenage kicks and garage riffs from attention seeking Californian upstarts
It’s all happening very quickly for Southern California garage rockers The Regrettes, who signed a record deal while still in their teens. Their debut album, FeelYourFeelingsFool!, blends a defiant punk attitude with girl group harmonies, catchy licks and Maxx Morando’s propulsive drumming.
How do you create your drum parts?
“For the first album, FeelYourFeelingsFool!, Lydia [Night, vocals] had all the songs written and she had the drum parts from the old drummer, but they weren’t final, they were very rough. When we were fleshing the songs out, I interpreted what she was playing with my own thing and I made it my own. As of now, we’re starting to write more together and we’re all four in a room.”
Where did you record the album and the AttentionSeeker EP?
“They were both recorded at Can-AM Studios with Mike Elizondo. It used to beDeath Row Records, it’s in Encino, California. It’s a big room and they made a little hut for me. Everyone else was still in the room, we were all playing live, the amps were isolated in other rooms. We had a few different drums but the ones that were the most consistent were on this old vintage ‘70s Ludwig. That was really fun to play.”
Why did you play live in the studio?
“You get that energy and it records differently rather than you sitting there playing with nobody in the room. It’s super-important to capture that energy, for everyone to be in the same room, because it’s like you’re playing live on stage.”
What have you learned about touring?
“I’ve learned to bring drum heads on tour with me and drum sticks – more drum sticks. Staying healthy is important and sleeping is very important. I have trouble doing that and that’s what makes you sick. You can take all the supplements you want, but if you’re not sleeping you’re still going to get sick. I’ve noticed, and I should probably have been doing this my whole life, stretching before you play is super important. A lot of people brush it off but it totally helps and changes the way you play.”
Have you played many gigs outside the United States yet?
“In September and early October we did a tour with a band called SWMRS in Europe and the UK, so that was the first time we’ve ever been outside theUnited States. It was a very different vibe, but I loved it. The first place we went was Cologne and the fans over there are nuts. They just go so crazy. Here, especially in LA, when you watch a show, everyone is scared to move because they’re too worried about what they’re going to look like. The phones are out, nobody is really experiencing it in the moment. The kids are just so into the music, and just being in Europe and the UK, for someone who has never been outside theUS, it was really cool to see all that.”