LA-based punk rock band The Regrettes opened for Sleigh Bells at Mezzanine in San Francisco November 16th with a kick-ass performance. Consisting of frontwoman Lydia Night, guitarist Genessa Gariano, bassist Sage Nicole, and drummer Maxx Morando, the band's songs stem from Lydia's unabashed attitude towards her own personal experiences and that transitions into their powerful sound: this band says what they feel, means what they say, and plays like they're having the time of their lives. The sweetest part of the performance was when they brought out a box of doughnuts ("he doesn't like cake" - Lydia) on stage for drummer Maxx Morando's 18th birthday, the crowd singing happy birthday while he blew out his candle.
The Regrettes gave off an incredible energy that transmitted to the crowd and got them jumping around and dancing. One definite crowd pleaser was "Seashore" which they dedicated to Trump; I suggest you listen to that song if you too are feeling particularly angsty towards a Trump presidency. "Hey Now" and "A Living Human Girl" had us swaying and jumping to the beat (and are my two favorite singles they've put out). Their studio versions and live performance sound virtually the same, though, with this band, the experience of being in the crowd and having Lydia come down from the stage and dancing with us is just pure fun. The '60's inspired guitar riffs coupled with their punk rock mentality will continue to draw a crowd and leave fans and listeners waiting excitedly around for their full album, to be released in early 2017.