Friday, August 23rd, 2019

The Regrettes – I Dare You

Good, but a pretty obvious take-off of rock legends Speedway!


Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: Whenever I write a review that leans too hard on the artist comparisons I feel kind of weird — isn’t it a little diminishing to just compare people to each other? But sometimes, it’s just too obvious. This is a Strokes song. A good one! It’s certainly better than anything the Strokes have put out in recent memory. But I can’t shake that feeling that the Regrettes could be doing something better.

Josh Buck: Been following this band closely for a couple years, as they’ve gone through a couple lineup changes, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that this will eventually be a Lydia Night solo operation. 18 years old, loaded with charisma and armed with a never ending bag of hooks, she’s a breakout star waiting to happen. In the meantime, “I Dare You” is a breezy sing-into-your-hairbrush morning bop. Surprisingly, if you strip away all the 60s girl group and 90s punk influences, The Regrettes are just a damn good pop act. 

Kayla Beardslee: Alternately frantic and tender, “I Dare You” leans more pop than punk, which is probably why I love it so much. Guided by simple, layered guitar riffs, lead vocalist Lydia Night gives an impressive performance that anchors the entire song, intentionally rough around the edges but caring where it counts, and the chorus fizzes and froths with joy. The track comes from an album called How Do You Love?, and the inspiration here is obvious: the kind of infatuation that makes you laugh, dance, do cartwheels, and spend all your time on it with no regrets.

Kylo Nocom: Though supported by the most questionable drum machine loop of all time (listen to the bridge!) it’s impossible to deny the pure delight of Lydia Night’s croons. “I Dare You” resembles a more polished version of the rudimentary garage rock groups of the aughties: “Someday” is the obvious place to point, and I feel somewhere else in that lineage is “When We Were Young”. It turns out the simplistic arrangements that backed their nostalgic sentiments can be just as effective when behind in-the-moment romantic pleas, as Night taps into the Julian Casablancas vocal model with impressive skill. As an aside, it’s also nice to see how the YouTube algorithm seems to really have a thing for videos by alt bands with cute choreography; anybody care for “Still Feel.”?

Alfred Soto: Proving that “Last Nite” remains a lode star, “I Dare You” depends on Lydia Night’s poignancy to pin down the kind of infatuation in which sweater stains are endearing. They aren’t.

Vikram Joseph: From the opening riff – an undeniable doppelganger for “Last Nite” — this treads an awfully fine line between Strokes pastiche and outright plagiarism, but does so extremely affably. Lydia Night’s vocals are reminiscent of what Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino might sound like if she’d been given a more expensive rhyming dictionary for Christmas, which is no bad thing.

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3 Responses to “The Regrettes – I Dare You”

  1. Spotify credits Julian Casablancas as a song writer so I wonder if he co-wrote this or they were trying to fend off a lawsuit.

  2. didn’t get to blurb this but now I know what it would be like if a charly bliss song were performed by saving jane

  3. This and other of their songs are reasonably catchy, but it’s hard for me to get past how purely functional their lyrics are. They seem completely anonymous and uninspired, which is a problem when the vocals are so front and center.

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