At only 15, Lydia Night and the rest of her band The Regrettes (Genessa Gariano, guitar, 19; Maxx Morando, drums, 17; Sage Nicole, bass, 18) might not be able to remember the 60s, but that doesn’t stop them being able to play buoyant and cheeky garage pop infused by the era’s aesthetic. Based in LA, their tongue-in-cheek tunes are part diary, part humour and part therapy, but far more enjoyable to experience than a solipsistic Instagram account serving the purpose.
Having been playing guitar since the age of 6, Night cites her musical education as being grounded in classics such as The Ramones, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones, and this mingling of their youthful sounds and the Regrettes’ themes of societal pressures, school, body image and relationships results in something evocative of The Pipettes, Remi Nicole, and Kate Nash, who they’ve supported on tour. With a similar blend of edgy and brash transparency and cutesy playfulness, Seashore’s breezy beginnings shift into reverb-heavy groove laden melodies that shimmer with the sounds of girls having fun, even through it all. Their debut album is expected out on Warner Records very soon.
Review by Francesca Baker
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