It is a fact there are some people that are just naturally ahead of the curve.

Lydia Night and The Regrettes just happen to be some of those people. While the name The Regrettes harkens back to the girl groups of the 1960s, the LA-based punk/garage quartet are anything but unassertive or meek.

The cultural and political upheaval of the 70s gave birth to punk rock, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Black Flag, Blondie, etc. Music carried a message. It was a direct opposition to the banality being broadcast on the AM side of the radio dial.

Calling these current times a mess of cultural and political turmoil might be an understatement after a measure of mediocre music that was this new century, with few exceptions.

After September 11, 2001, people were afraid to speak out against a government and the flock of sheep that just followed along. Music and culture was a bit neutered and benign.

With the election of Trump, the times, they-are-a-changing. There are cultural divides nearly as wide as the political ones. There are crusty, old white men (or orange, not to leave out the President), spouting rhetoric, not making a stitch of sense.

While the blowhards spew nonsense, (some) music is finding to be relevant again
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The Regrettes have no problem cutting through the bullshit. Night’s lyrics are Cobainesque and while Cobain never wanted to be a voice of a generation, Night is leading the charge with her generation

The Swerve Magazine recently had the chance to interview Night about the band, the tour and, of course, the endless fixation of the press on her young age.

The Swerve Magazine: How has the tour been going so far?

Lydia Night: Really wonderfully! Very smooth and fun.

SM: Have you experienced any pushback from local markets on the tour in areas because the band is fronted by a strong vocal woman with a platform and a message?

LN: Not that I've seen. I'm sure our booking agent has, but since we don't really book our own shows, I’m not sure. I’ve faced that stuff though in many other scenarios.

SM: The video for “Seashore” plays to this idea, in a way. It features key moments in women’s history, and the ending is perfect with the woman in the White House. Can you talk a little about how the lyrics of the song pull no punches in how women should be treated, and explain how that played into the video’s concept?

LN: The song I think doesn't only speak to women. It talks about how humans, in general, should be treated. This played into the video's concept through having us placed into scenarios where people weren't treated equally.

SM: With the current fucked-up political climate in this country have you found more people taking to the band because of the messages you push or are there people that are afraid of the band’s message?

LN: I think people grasp to our music more because they're in search of empowerment and not feeling alone.

SM: There seems to be a kick back against the idea of free speech in the country as of late with people, mostly politicians, wanting to tone down the rhetoric. As artists, what is your take on this and how do you counteract it?

LN: I don't fuck with that. The day I stop speaking my mind is the day I die.

SM: Writing songs that speak to your generation as well as being universally accessible, did the thought that these songs are transcending demographics pop into mind as you wrote the songs?

LN: I think with “A Living Human Girl” it did because I knew how relatable the subject was. With others though, that's usually not something that I think of.

SM: Lastly, how tired are you of the age of the band being brought up in interviews? I’ve seen in brought up numerous times, and it seems like it is something that semi-clueless writers seem hung up on instead of what the band is doing. Do you feel they are missing the point/message of the band?

LN: Really tired of it. I totally get why people ask about it, it just really comes down to the specific question and the wording of it. All we want is to be viewed as a good band regardless of our age.