Pop-punk quartet The Regrettes was bound and determined to have fun and get the crowd involved at its March 20 concert at the Analog Theater and Cafe in Portland, Oregon. The band did just that from the moment singer/guitarist Lydia Night bounced on stage, even before it kicked into its first song.
The young members of The Regrettes bring an unwavering energy to their shows, and this evening was certainly no exception. Drummer Maxx Morando was a monster on the skins, Sage Chavis did a terrific job on bass, and Genessa Gariano tore it up on lead guitar. Night was an excellent front person, keeping up a buoyant spirit throughout the set while telling the crowd to (expletives deleted) not be concerned about who is watching or judging — just dance, jump, and sing to each person’s content.
The Regrettes tore through spirited versions of songs from its 2017 debut album Feel Your Feelings Fool! and its recently released EP Attention Seeker. Newer songs “Come Through” and “Red Light” fit in perfectly with such crowd favorites as “Hey Now,” “A Living Human Girl,” and “Seashore.” With all of the dancing and jumping going on both on stage and in the audience, it could be easy to forget that many of The Regrettes’ songs are charged with political and social messages, but as the fans sang along with choruses and favorite lines, it was obvious that those charged lyrics remained on everyone’s minds.
Night went into the audience to lead a sing-along, dividing the crowd with a clear division of space in the middle. After the two sides competed in who sang along the loudest, she told the crowd, “You know what to do!” and a mosh pit started.
The Regrettes closed its performance with a stripped-down, rollicking cover of Sweet’s “Ballroom Blitz,” capping off an evening that showed that this is a band already seasoned in providing frantic, infectious performances. The Regrettes should only get better, with youth on its side.