Album Review: The Regrettes – 'How Do You Love?'

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LA’s female empowered, teen spirited pop-punk band The Regrettes have made a second album of scuzzy power anthems for even scuzzier shoed lovers and late nights driving down freeways à la Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Yes my friend I’m sorry. It appears you’re in love.” 

How Do You Love? A concept that’s as universally understood as it’s mis-understood, 18-year-old Lydia Night sure seems to have the answers (or at least the cool-kid ones worth listening to). Gloriously American high-school in aesthetic (more Grease less Riverdale) and packed full of energetic everything, the quartet bring kick-ass chanting, gut wrenching riffs and freckles to the forefront of being young, confidently human and in love out of love and all the in-betweens. Are You In Love, a spoken word poem for the Indie dreamboat within us all makes for a raptured, soothing opener before ripping off the band aid of our comfort zones and pummelling head over heels into a Josie and the Pussycats turned emotionally championed, badass retro-punk gang display infectious drummed propulsions and shout-at-the-top-of-your-lungs brilliancy that’s almost too cool to be true. 

Undoubtedly, there’s a vulnerable intimacy to Night’s songwriting that undoubtedly is representative of the bands ethos as a whole and indulges reflection but with no airs of helplessness. Fifteen tracks of immersive ‘HECK YEAH’ goodness- this is a record as full throttle doo-wop wonderful as it is emotionally intelligent and core completing.

Words by Al Mills

The Regrettes will return to the UK later this year to play the following live shows:

5th – Bristol, Thekla
8th – London, O2 Academy Islington
9th – Birmingham, O2 Academy 3
11th – Glasgow, King Tuts
12th – Leeds, The Key Club
13th – Manchester, The Deaf Institute
14th – Liverpool, Arts Club