The bands and drum­mers you need to have on your radar this month

Teenage kicks and garage riffs from at­ten­tion seek­ing Cal­i­for­nian up­starts

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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.”

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