EP Review: The Regrettes, “Attention Seeker”
By: Joseph Perry (@JosephWPerryJWP)
Pop punk quartet The Regrettes’ follow-up to last year’s debut album Feel Your Feelings Fool! is the fun five-track EP Attention Seeker, which offers two new original tracks that continue the same spirit and spunk-filled attitude of that longplayer, a cool 1950s cover song, and two acoustic versions of album tracks.
“Come Through” kicks things off with bass-driven verses and a driving chorus, as lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Lydia Night sings of being disappointed by a certain someone. “Red Light” is a “go away closer” love-ish song that features a chorus with guitars that sound like sirens, punctuating the urgency behind the narrator’s conflicting feelings.
The third track is a sprightly, rollicking cover of Dion’s “Teenager in Love” that showcases The Regrettes’ affinity for doo-wop and other styles of pop and rock from the past, much like The Ramones’ similar passion for bygone musical eras.
Rounding out the EP are two acoustic versions of singles from Feel Your Feelings Fool!, “Hey Now” and “Living Human Girl.” Both songs work great in this stripped-down context, highlighting Night’s talents as a songwriter and lyricist.
Attention Seeker is both an upbeat, enjoyable follow-up to The Regrettes’ debut while fans wait for the group’s second full release, and a crackerjack introduction for those who haven’t yet heard the band. The EP is available now on Warner Bros. Records.
The Regrettes, “Red Light”
The Regrettes, “Teenager in Love”
Joseph Perry is one of the hosts of When It Was Cool’s exclusive Uphill Both Ways podcast (whenitwascool.com/up-hill-both-ways-podcast/) and Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast (decadesofhorror.com/category/classicera/).
He also writes for the retro pop culture website That’s Not Current (thatsnotcurrent.com), Diabolique Magazine (diaboliquemagazine.com), Scream Magazine (screamhorrormag.com), and several other print and online film critique and pop culture magazines.
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