The Regrettes Turn the Teenage Struggle into Perfect Pop Songs
LA-based band The Regrettes might have a touring slot with Sleigh Bells, a record deal with Warner Bros., and a brand new music video, but despite this buzz, frontwoman Lydia Night still has exams. In fact, when we talked with the 15-year-old, she was sitting in a coffee shop preparing to take a test at school. Which makes it all the more impressive that the foursome—along with Lydia, there's Maxx Morando, Genessa Gariano, and Sage Nicole—finds the time to craft impeccable pop songs with a grungy garage undertone. Their debut single "A Living Human Girl" confronts issues like body image, sexism, and perfectionism, in one ridiculously catchy two-and-a-half minute package. Meet Lydia (otherwise known as your new favorite teenage badass) below.
You’ve been playing music since you were basically a toddler, but did you always want to do it professionally?
It’s been 100% my dream. I decided that this is what I wanted to do since I was five, when my dad took me to a Donnas concert. I was in total awe, and I’ve made it a goal ever since.
How are you balancing your music career and school?
I’m actually sitting in a coffee shop right now; after we get off the phone I’m going to school! I’m homeschooled, but with my homeschool program, I go into class twice a week for two hours of testing. I’m going to graduate when I’m 16, which will make all of this a little easier.
Your debut single “A Living Human Girl” is currently blowing up the internet—for good reason. Did you have any clue that might happen?!
Not at all! I mean, it’s hard to deny the fact that this song is so relatable, especially for girls and women. I wrote the track at the end of freshman year, when everything was sinking in after starting high school. After switching to a giant public school for high school and leaving all these kids I had known since kindergarten behind, the whole thing was kind of a shock. It was disheartening in many ways. So many girls’ insecurities were coming to light, so I wrote this song.
Lyrics like “I’m not a bitch for saying what is real,” really showcase the double standards that so many girls experience.
Totally. The stronger that girls are starting to feel, the more people get scared of it and start to hate it. Also, in terms of social media, it can be great because it allows girls to speak their mind; but at the same time, it opens the doors to so much criticism.
Have you guys had to deal with anything like that in music?
Now we are under a bigger microscope and are starting to gain more fans, so there have been some haters. The more popular you get, the more people will dislike you; and not only dislike, but troll you. Someone once posted about one of our shows and they were like, “I could barely make it; I was there for the next band but I had to sit through this horrible opener.” At first I was really shocked and upset, but I learned an important lesson: I can’t read that sh*t. I also can’t read the super nice comments [laughs]. You can’t let that stuff affect your actions.
We know it’s impossible to give advice while you are going through it, but what’s the number one thing you’ve learned as a teenager so far?
It’s so important to not be scared of losing friends that aren’t good friends. I’ve been in so many situations where I’ve let someone knock me down just because I’m scared of losing their friendship and other people not liking me. I think it’s really important to realize that those people who affect you in a negative way, they’re not worth it. You have to stand up for yourself. The good people are the ones who will stand by you.